Symphurus callopterus Munroe & Mahadeva, 1989
Chocolate tonguefish
photo by Robertson, R.

 Family:  Cynoglossidae (Tonguefishes), subfamily: Symphurinae
 Max. size:  16.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 18 - 317 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Mexico to Peru.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 105-114; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 91-98; Vertebrae: 57-61. Body flat, somewhat elongated, with an oval anterior border; both eyes on left side of head; dorsal fin with 105 to 114 rays, anal fin with 91 to 98 rays; caudal fin with 12 rays; body chocolate brown, usually with 9 to 11 indistinct transverse bars; lower half of operculum on the eyed side with a small stain; posterior side of dorsal and anal fins dark, rectangular stains (Ref. 55763).
 Biology:  Probably caught as a bycatch in trawl fisheries (Ref. 9294).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 26.06.95
 Modified by: Busson, Frédéric - 22.11.05

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