longspine snipefish

Scientific name Macroramphosus scolopax
Descriptor Linné
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Centriscidae
Genus Macroramphosus
Macroramphosus scolopax Macroramphosus scolopax


Macroramphosus scolopax, commonly known as longspine snipefish, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    20 cm
  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    20 cm

How to recognize the longspine snipefish ?

The longspine snipefish measures between 12 and 20 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly rose body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The longspine snipefish is a fish gregarious naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The longspine snipefish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    8 - 18 °C
  • Depth
    50 - 350 m

Biotope presentation

The longspine snipefish is most often found at a depth between 50m and 350m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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