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 olive-green trumpeter becoming silvery below, with green lines and small blue dots forming stripes along the back and sides.

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Dianne J. Bray, Mendosoma lineatum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 12 Jul 2020,

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. Inhabits rocky reefs, often in surge channels and in large tidal pools. 


Dorsal fin XXII-XXV, 23-27; Anal fin III, 17-21; Vertebrae 42-46. 

Species Citation

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


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

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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