Trumpetfish

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The Trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis) is a tropical fish species that is very unique and belongs to the Trumpetfishes family Aulostomidae. This species has a widespread distribution throughout the Indo- Pacific region and is known to occur from the Red Sea to east Africa to the eastern Pacific Ocean and north to the waters of Japan and south to northern New Zealand. The Trumpetfish can be found on coral and rocky reefs and is often found hiding in amongst gorgonian fans, black coral trees and seawhips.

The colouration of this species is highly variable; the most common colouration is a grey to reddish brown body with whitish stripes and a black tail base with small white spots and a yellow coloured tail with two black spots. The other common colouration is bright yellow to gold all over the body. The Trumpetfish is a slow swimmer and relies on its camouflage and stealth to ambush its prey and also to hide from any possible predators. It is known to feed on smaller fish species. The Trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis) grows to a maximum length of approximately 80cm.

Family: Aulostomidae

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