|Painting by Francis de Laporte de Castelnau, 1856|
Fistularia tabacaria, the cornetfish, bluespotted cornetfish, tobacco trumpetfish or unarmed trumpetfish, is a species of cornetfish found along the Atlantic coasts of the Americas and in the central Atlantic off west Africa and the Macaronesian Islands. This species is of minor importance in commercial fisheries.
This species grows to 200 cm (79 in) in total length, though most only reaches 120 cm (47 in). The cornetfish is easily mistaken for the needlefish; the defining characteristic that separates the two is the cornetfish's smaller mouth and jaws with an elongated face in comparison to the needlefish's elongated jaw and mouth. The cornetfish is greenish brown dorsally with overall pale blue spots and lines.
Fistularia tabacaria is most frequently recorded in and over seagrass beds and coral reefs, although it also occurs over hard, rocky substrates. It is usually a solitary species which is very rarely seen in groups. It feeds mainly on small crustaceans and small fish.
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