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Fistulariidae (flutemouth, cornetfish; subclass Actinopterygii, order Syngnathiformes) A small family of tropical to subtropical, marine fish that have an elongate, scaleless body, a long, tubular snout terminating in a tiny mouth, and a small, forked tail fin with a central long ray trailing behind it. Some species may grow to a length of 2 m. There are about four species, distributed world-wide.