Fistularia villosa   Klunzinger,  1871 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 190 – 200 cm TL

Weight: 4 – 5 kg

Color: With a row of bony plates along the midline (absent in F. commersoni), reddish or brownish-orange in color (whereas F. commersoni is greenish-brown).

Skin rough with spinelets, feeling harsh like very fine shagreen. A single median row of very narrow somewhat keeled and more or less distant scales along the back, from about the level of the ventrals to the base of the dorsal and behind it to some distance from the end of the tail, a similar but less conspicuous row, beginning at some distance in front of the ventrals and running to some distance from caudal, interrupted by the anus and anal. These scales are not yet developed in small specimens (17 cm.). Height to 38 times in length (without caudal filament), somewhat less than width of body. Head 2.5-3.5 times in length (without caudal filament). Horizontal diameter of eye 11 to 12 times in head, 8.5 to nearly 9 times in length of snout and about twice longer than interorbital space, which is deeply concave. Lateral edge of snout (formed by praefrontal and upper margin of metapterygoid) sharply serrated. The 2 median ridges on upper surface of snout not far distant and parallel on anterior half of its length, finally and slowly converging anteriorly. Posterior part of head more deeply sculptured and all the ridges rougher. Height of dorsal and anal about twice the horizontal diameter of the eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Fistularia immaculata Cuvier, 1816
Fistularia petimba Lacepede, 1803
Fistularia rubra Miranda Ribiero, 1915
Fistularia serrata Cuvier, 1816
Fistularia starksi Jordan & Seale, 1905
Fistularia serrata Cuvier, 1817
Cannorhynchus immaculatus Cantor, 1850
Fistularia serrata Gunther, 1861
Fistularia villosa Klunzinger, 1871
Fistularia serrata Gunther, 1880
Fistularia petimba Jordan and Evermann, 1896
Fistularia petimba Jordan and Snyder, 1900
Fistularia petimba Jordan and Starks, 1902
Fistularia serrata Jenkins, 1904
Fistularia serrata Jordan and Evermann, 1905
Fistularia serrata Snyder, 1912
Fistularia petimba Max Weber, 1913
Fistularia villosa Max Weber, 1921

Common Name (s)
• Cornet Fish (English)
• Flute Mouth (English)
• Flutemouth (English)
• Lacepedes Cornetfish (English)
• Pacific Cornetfish (English)
• Pipefish (English)
• Red Cornet Fish (English)
• Rough Flutemouth (English)
• Serrate Flutemouth (English)
• smooth Flutemouth (English)
• Chukkanthatti (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Subsistence fisheries)

Habitat:  Benthic, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feeds on small fishes and shrimps.


• Tamil Nadu, Pudumadam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • Avdeev, VV (1979) New species of the genus Cymothoa Fabricius (Isopoda, Cymothoidae) from the Indian Ocean Parazitologiya (St. Petersburg) 13(3) Available at - Zoological Records
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Suppa, M; Suebsin, S; Suri, V and Songsirikul, T (1997) Checklist of fishes in Thailand Office of Environmental Policy and Planning 1-353 Available at - CMFRI, Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -

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