Aulostomus chinensis   (Linnaeus,  1766) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 80.0 cm TL (male/unsexed); common length 60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed).

Color: Uniform or brownish with several narrow light cross-bars; a dark streak along bases of dorsal and anal fins; a dark spot in upper and lower margin of caudal fin and a dark spot at insertion of each pelvic fin.

Elongate, head and body notably compressed, especially the snout. Head 3 in standard length, 3.25 in total length. Depth of body 12.5-15.0 in standard length, 13.5-16.5 in total length. Eye diameter 10.2-10.5 in head, 7.0-7.2 in tubiform snout and slightly more than flat interorbital space. Lower jaw prominent. Symphysial barbel of lower jaw as long as eye diameter. Spinous dorsal of weak isolated spines. Origin of spinous dorsal fin nearer to front border of eye than to insertion of soft dorsal fin. Ventral fin origin nearer to front border of eye than to base of caudal fin. Pectoral fin about 1.7 eye diameter in length. Scales small, ctenoid. Head naked. Lateral line continuous, arched above hind part of opercle and base of pectoral fin.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XI, 27-28; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 27-28; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 16-17; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: 6.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Aulostomus chinensis (Linnaeus, 1766)
(Senior synonym)
Aulostomus valentini (Bleeker, 1853)
(Senior synonym)
Fistularia chinensis Linnaeus, 1766
(Senior synonym)
Polypterichthys valentini Bleeker, 1853
(Junior synonym)
Fistularia chinensis Linnaeus, 1766
Aulostoma chinensis Munro, 1955
Aulostoma valentini Weber and de Beaufort, 1922
Aulostoma chinense (Linnaeus, 1766)
Aulostoma chinensis (Linnaeus, 1766)

Common Name (s)
• Trupetfish (English)
• Chinese Trumpetfish (English)
• Pacific Trumpetfish (English)
• Painted Flutemouth (English)
• Trumpet (English)
• Trumpetfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Small fishes and shrimps
Predator:  Saurida gracilis


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

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