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Family Aulostomidae

TROPICAL WESTERN ATLANTIC

Aulostomus maculatus

Snapper Ledge, Key Largo, 35 feet

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TRUMPETFISH

Common on reefs at any depth where it preys upon small fish during the day.  Hides near  gorgonians, large fish, or manmade items.  Attains 3 feet.  Bermuda & South Florida to Venezuela and the Gulf of Mexico.  Replaced by Aulostomus chinensis in the Indo-Pacific & Tropical Eastern Pacific.