Species Factsheet

Fistularia commersonii


Complete name: Fistularia commersonii Rüppell, 1838
Taxonomy: Osteichthyes » Chordata » Actinopterygii » Syngnathiformes » Fistularidae » Fistularia commersonii
Authors: B.S. Galil
Last updated: November 6th, 2006

Common Names

Blue-spotted cornetfish, smooth flutemouth.


Fistularia comerson Ruppell, 1838
Fistularia commersonii Ruppell, 1838
Fistularia depressa Gunther, 1880
Fistularia petimba (non Lacepede, 1803)
Fistularia tabacaria (non Linnaeus, 1758)
Fistularia tabaccaria (non Linnaeus, 1758)

Short Description

A marine, mainly piscivorous fish with a grey to olive-green body, commonly 20-100 cm long (max. 150 cm). The body is extremely elongated, the head is more than 1/3 of SL, snout tubular, ending in small mouth. Dorsal and anal fins are posterior in position, opposite to each other. The caudal fin is forked, with two very elongated and filamented middle rays. The skin is smooth, without bony plates along the midline of the back.