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Family Aulostomidae

Trumpetfishes

Common on reefs where they feed upon smaller fish and shrimp during the day.  They move slowly, relying upon stealth to approach unsuspecting prey, hiding among large objects including corals, other fish, or manmade items.  They have a fine-scaled, vertically compressed body, small round eyes, and a blunt , paddle-like tail.

 

HAWAII

Aulostomus chinensis

CHINESE TRUMPETFISH

 


TROPICAL WESTERN ATLANTIC

Aulostomus maculatus

TRUMPETFISH