Fistularia commersonii   Ruppell,  1838 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Maximum about 160 cm; common to 100 cm.

Color: Greenish dorsally but shades to silvery white below. There are 2 blue stripes or rows of blue spots on the back; dorsal and anal fins with an orange cast becoming transparent at base; caudal filament white.

Vertically flattened rather than laterally compressed body. Long whiplike tail filament. Mouth at end of a long, tubular snout, hexagonal in cross section; teeth in jaws small; ridges on snout with antrorse serrations, the upper ridges diverging anteriorly; interorbital space flat. Dorsal and anal fins short-based and opposite, with 14 to 16 anal and 15 to 17 dorsal segmented (soft) rays; pectoral fins with 13 or 15 rays; pelvic fins small and abdominal, with 6 rays. Lateral line arched, running anteriorly almost along middle of back, then bending down to side and continuing posteriorly onto an elongate filament produced by the middle 2 caudal fin rays; posterior lateral line ossifications without spines. Body covered in juveniles with rows of small spinules which become obsolete in adults. Vertebrae 84 or 85, the first 4 elongate and fused.First four vertebrae fused. Branchiostegal rays: 5.

Synonym (s)
Fistularia petimba (non Lacepede, 1803)
Fistularia comerson Ruppell, 1838
Fistularia commersoni Ruppell, 1838
Fistularia depressa Gunther, 1880

Common Name (s)
• Cometfish (English)
• Bluespotted Cornetfish (English)
• Cornetfish (English)
• Blue Spotted Red Cornetfish
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Probably marketed fresh, salted or dried or smoked but more often reduced to fish meal)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Small fishes, crustaceans (squids and shrimps) and squids


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Gulf of Oman (Depth: -130 mts)
• Arabian Sea INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 54-328 mts)
• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 54-328 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Camorta Island INDIA (Record: 14/02/1993)

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