Longspine Snipefish

The Longspine Snipefish (Macroramphosus scolopax) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Macroramphosidae family of snipefish. It is related to the Pipefish. It is also known as the Bellowfish, Spine Trumpet Fish, and Trumpetfish.

The Longspine Snipefish is reddish-pink with a silver underbelly. It has a moderately elongated body and head. It has a long snout (nose) and a tiny mouth without teeth. The snout curves slightly upward. It has scales on its body that are similar to the denticles of sharks because they have sharp ridges and spines. It has large, round eyes. 

Longspine Snipefish

It grows up to 15 centimetres (6 inches) long. 

It is found in tropical and sub-tropical reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean. 

The Longspine Snipefish feeds on planktonic creatures and tiny shrimp. It is a benthic feeder because it feeds on food on the bottom of the ocean. 

The female lays the eggs, but the male looks after them and the young.  

Longspine Snipefish
Longspine Snipefish

Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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