Real Bastard Trumpeter, Mendosoma lineatum Guichenot 1848

Other Names: Common Trumpeter, Telescope Fish, Telescopefish

Real Bastard Trumpeter, Mendosoma lineatum, at The Sisters, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania. Source: Peter Southwood / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY Attribution-ShareAlike

A dark bluish-green trumpeter becoming silvery below, with many fine brownish lines and small blue dots forming stripes along the back and sides. The Real Bastard Trumpeter has a pointed snout with a  protrusible mouth.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Mendosoma lineatum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jun 2024,

Real Bastard Trumpeter, Mendosoma lineatum Guichenot 1848

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Found in eastern and southern Tasmania. The species occurs elsewhere in subantarctic and temperate waters of New Zealand, Chile and the South Indian Ocean. Forms large fast-moving schools around rocky reefs, often in surge channels, large tidal pools or above deep drop-offs.


Dorsal fin XXII-XXIV, 22-29; Anal fin III, 17-21; Lateral line (tubed scales) 68-78; Vertebrae 21-22 + 22-24 = 44-46. 


Uses its protrusible jaws to feed on plankton above the reef.


The specific name is from the Latin lineata (= lined) in reference to the narrow stripes or lines along the body.

Species Citation

Mendosoma lineata Guichenot, 1848, Historia física y política de Chile. 2(2) Zoologica: 213. Type locality: Valparaiso, Chile.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Real Bastard Trumpeter, Mendosoma lineatum Guichenot 1848


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CAAB Code:37378004

Depth:1-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm TL

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