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Trumpet Fish / Flutemouth (Aulostomus chinensis) – Reef Reality Episode #

Trumpet Fish / Painted Flutemouth (Aulostomus chinensis)

The Painted Flutemouth or Trumpet Fish is a native of Asian oceans. It is a very skinny fish which moves slowly through the water searching for prey to catch.

A slow-moving fish relying partly on stealth and camouflage to sneak up on unsuspecting prey. Often darts down vertically on its prey from above and sucks it into its long snout.

They are bottom dwellers which are always close to some kind of plant or coral which can serve them as protection or hiding place if an emergency arises and they need to disappear.

They are found in different colors and sizes depending on their diets and surroundings.

Most of them have a black stripe down the middle which helps them to camouflage themselves from their predators.

Description of the Painted Flutemouth

The Flute or trumpet fish can grow up to eighty centimeters long. They are never more than one or two inches wide. Their fins are very small and they move slowly and cautiously along the reef. They are usually solitary fish which hide in between the branches of corals and other bottom dwelling organisms waiting for small shrimp and fish to catch and eat.

They are found in different colors which range from a dark brown all the way to green and bright yellow. Combinations of these colors are also available. When scared, the Painted Flutemouth will stand upright, like a branch inside a coral and will change its color to match its surroundings. 


Habitat and Feeding Habits

The Painted Flutemouth is found in all of the Asian oceans, from west Africa all the way to the east of Hawaii and as far north as Japan and south to Australia. They usually live in shallow clear waters near or on the coral reefs where their prey is easily found. They are bottom dwellers which are always close to some kind of plant or coral which can serve them as protection or hiding place if an emergency arises and they need to disappear.

A slow-moving fish relying partly on stealth and camouflage to sneak up on unsuspecting prey. Often darts down vertically on its prey from above and sucks it into its long snout.

They are equipped with a central black stripe and strategically located dark spots that help them hide among the vegetation. The fact that their fins and tails are very small help them disappear as they stand upright in between branches and twigs.

Vulnerability and Resilience

This species has a low vulnerability. They are not in danger as long as they are not over captured by enthusiastic aquarists. They have no value to humans, man’s interest  in the Flutemouth is decorative at most. They are easy to keep in aquariums and learn to live with other fish as long as they are larger.

Red List Status

They are not included in any endangered species list.

Threats to  the Species

At present there is no threat to the species. They are pretty fish, but luckily for them, others have greater attractive to aquarists all over the world. There are no immediate threats to them but it is important to keep close inventories of their populations in coral reefs to ensure their health.

How can you help the Painted Flutemouth survive?

By protecting the coral reefs where they live you will be protecting this species. They are in no danger at this time but this does not mean that they are entirely safe.  Pollution can change these conditions instantly and for the worst.

Stay alert, make sure tourists and visitors to the reefs in your area obey the rules and do not break pieces of live coral to take home with them. Keeping the reef healthy you will help to sustain many different species that live there.

Submitted by The Reef Reality Series on Jul 25, 2010