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The longspine snipefish is found in the temperate waters of the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indo-West Pacific. Adults live near the bottom on the lower continental shelf at depths to about 1,968 feet. Juveniles occupy waters nearer to the surface.
This species has a long snout that makes up about one-quarter of its body length. Its mouth is at the tip of the snout. Adult longspine snipefish can reach about 8 inches in length and have an oval-shaped, compressed, rigid body with scutes (bony plates) on the underside.
This uniquely-shaped fish can be seen hovering above the Japanese spider crabs in the Cold Water Quest gallery.