Animal Species:Common Bellowsfish, Macroramphosus scolopax (Linnaeus, 1758)
The Common Bellowsfish is pink to orange above fading to silvery below. The genus is in need of revision, as currently the Common Bellowsfish is the only species of Macroramphosus recorded from temperate waters worldwide.
Standard Common Name
Common Snipefish, Long Nosed Snipefish, Longspine Snipefish, Snipefish
The Common Bellowsfish is an oval-shaped fish with an extremely long snout and a long, serrated second dorsal spine. The rigid body is highly compressed and has a bony ridge and several scutes on the belly. It is pink to orange above fading to silvery below. Juveniles are silvery-blue.
The genus is in need of revision. Currently there is only a single species of Macroramphosus recorded from temperate waters worldwide.
In Australia the Common Bellowsfish is reported to grow to 18 cm in length. A recent paper (see Borges, 2001, below) records a 22.8 cm long (total length) specimen from the Atlantic Ocean off Portugal.
In Australia, the species is recorded from southern Queensland, south to Victoria and into the Great Australian Bight.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
- Gomon, M.F. in Gomon, M.F, Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Seahorses, Pipefishes and their Relatives. A Comprehensive Guide to Syngnathiformes. TMC Publishing Pp. 240.
- Borges, L. 2001. A new maximum length for the Snipefish Macroramphosus scolopax. Cybium. 25(2); 191-192.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Common Bellowsfish, Macroramphosus scolopax, Macroramphosidae, pink, orange, silver underside, temperate water, marine, Common Snipefish, Long Nosed Snipefish, Longspine Snipefish, Snipefish, oval-shaped, long snout, compressed body,