Chinese trumpetfish-Aulostomus chinensis- branching fire coral- Millepora alcicornis
The Chinese trumpetfish, Aulostomus chinensis, and branching fire coral Millepora alcicornis wave gently off the coast of Klein Island near Bonaire. Trumpet fish can reach up to 3 feet in length and are highly specialized, tubular-elongated fish. They vary in color, but some are yellow like this one. In the branching fire coral, the branches are brown to pale, creamy yellow, with white tips. Toxic cnidarian stinging cells for prey capture and defense. A distinct trait of the trumpetfish is their long, tubular snouts ending with somewhat nondescript jaws. Members of the family have the capability to expand their jaws quickly into a circular, gaping hole almost to the body's diameter when feeding. Location: Bonaire part of the Caribbean Netherlands and part of the Leeward Antilles, January 2021.