Common family name
Up to 1 m, average 55 cm
Long, elongated, slightly compressed body. Long, tubular snout with short barbels on the end. Small mouth in front of a snout. Rounded caudal fin and small pelvic fins. Dorsal and anal fins are close to the tail. Yellow in colour but can change to brown with stripes when hunting.
Aulostomidae family consists of 1 genus and 3 species. Sometimes confused with Cornetfish, which is smaller and silver. Seen hunting on reefs in a head lowered position. Sometimes use divers as decoys to get to their prey. Suck in the prey by opening their mouths very quickly. Pelagic spawner.
Feeds on small schooling reef fish.
Occurs in all temperate and tropical oceans of the world.
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