Aulostomus chinensis Linnaeus 1766
trumpetfish
Aulostomus chinensis, trumpetfish

family Aulostomidae - trumpetfishes

The Trumpetfish, Aulostomus chinensis, has a long narrow body. colours are very variable, often pale green or brown with stripes, bars or spots, sometimes bright yellow. Individuals can change their colour very quickly. Trumpet fish have a relatively broad tail and a single fan shaped tail fin. This distinguishes them from flutemouths. Trumpetfish prey on small fish. Below is an interesting picture of a trumpetfish jaw.

Distribution =   widespresd Indo-Pacific, tropical east coast of Australia to central NSW
Max size =   80cms, usually less than 60cms