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Cabezon

Longspine snipefish

Longspine snipefish

Facts

LatinMacroramphosus scolopax
Size20 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans and benthic animals
HabitatLives on the seabed down to 200 m depth
IUCN

Least concern

LocationGlobal
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Get to know the longspine snipefish

The longspine snipefish is flat with 2 dorsal fins situated above its anal fin. The second protruding spine on the first dorsal fin is long. The longspine snipefish's snout is shaped like a pipe and it has a small mouth.

Colour varies with habitat

The longspine snipefish has the same colour as its surroundings. Young fish live in the open water. They shimmer like silver. The silver colour provides them with good camouflage because the colour blends in with the surrounding water. This makes them less visible to predators. Older fish live near the bottom. They are red in colour. This makes them less visible in their habitat. Red is the colour that disappears first at lower water depths.

A mouth like a drinking straw

Adult longspine snipefish feed on small invertebrates. When the longspine snipefish goes after its prey, it stands upright with its head pointed down and burrows into the bottom with its long snout. When it finds prey, it uses its snout and small mouth as a drinking straw.


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