Blue-spotted Cornetfish (Fistularia tabacaria )

Also known as Cornetfish, Flutemouth, Tobbaco Trumpetfish, Tobacco Pipefish, Unarmed Trumpetfish.


Also known as Cornetfish, Flutemouth, Tobbaco Trumpetfish, Tobacco Pipefish and Unarmed Trumpetfish.

Found singly or in small groups in protected areas.
They feed almost exclusively on small schooling reef fishes.
Length - 2m
Depth - 0-200m
Widespread Tropical Atlantic Ocean

Cornetfish swim near the bottom above sand or rubble areas and near reefs during the day, can often be seen in small groups at night in shallow protected areas, these fish are often found hovering close to another fish for protection and for hunting..
They change their colouring to match their surroundings.


  1. Posted by Suzanne Brousseau

    Was at the beach in New Bedford, MA on 9-17-2015 and a bunch of students from U MA came down to the beach to catch specimens with a seine net. One of the students showed us what he had in the bucket and was a blue spotted cornfish. It was fascinating to us as none of us had ever seen one or heard of it. Learn something new everyday.

  2. Posted by Louise Gallagher
    January 24, 2015 at 08:43 am - 1 person found this useful.

    I've seen these several times when snorkelling in tonga - in large schools.

  3. Posted by Simon Lumley
    August 18, 2014 at 04:49 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Just snorkeled with one of these at serrena bay in Cyprus. It was about 4 foot long

  4. Posted by christopher
    August 05, 2013 at 19:19 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    Cyprus is full of these. We call them ''trombetes'' or "pithkiavli" which mean flute (the musical instrumen) due to their appearance.

  5. Posted by ADM
    February 17, 2013 at 06:36 am - 1 person found this useful.

    Just saw one on the shore of Hallandale Beach, FL. It changed from light to dark while we were watching it.

  6. Posted by Kevin
    September 05, 2012 at 12:38 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    I've see lots of these cornetfish when I was snorkeling in Cyprus. Took me some time to identify them because the locals and the sub aqua centres did not seem to have seem/noticed them. They are not listed as a Mediterraen fish but they are definately their. They sort of pulsate different colours to match the seabed a bit octopus like.

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