Spotted Tongue Sole, Cynoglossus puncticeps (Richardson 1846)

Other Names: Speckled Tonguesole, Spotted Tongue-sole

A Spotted Tongue Sole, Cynoglossus puncticeps, from off the Pilbara, July 2017. Source: Chris Dowling / Flickr. License: All rights reserved

A yellowish-brown tongue sole with mottled dark brown blotches, often forming irregular cross bands, dark brown dashes along the dorsal and anal fins, and no pelvic fin on the blind side.

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Spotted Tongue Sole, Cynoglossus puncticeps (Richardson 1846)

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Indian Island west of Darwin, Northern Territory, to north of Port Douglas, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.


Dorsal fin 90-100; Anal fin 72-78; Vertebrae 44-49; Midlateral-line scales 78-99; Scale rows between lateral lines on eyed side 15-19. 
Dorsal and anal fins joined to caudal fin. Eyes both on the left side of the body separated by a narrow space; mouth asymmetrical; rostral hook below mouth. Ocular side with 2 lateral lines. Pelvic fin absent on blind side. Scales ctenoid.

Species Citation

Plagusia puncticeps Richardson 1846, Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 15th meeting 1845: 280. Type locality: China.


Dianne J. Bray

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37463018

Depth:1-140 m

Habitat:soft bottoms

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