IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: tonguefish (English), lengua (Espanol), lengüeta (Espanol)
Symphurus fasciolaris Gilbert, 1892

Banded tonguefish

Body highly compressed,  elongate, oval, tapers to pointed tail; small close-set eyes on left side, pupils with well developed covers; snout rounded; mouth small, curved, strongly so on blind side; margin of preoperculum concealed by skin and scales; dorsal origin ~ above upper eye; dorsal rays 90-97; anal rays 75-80;  dorsal and anal fins confluent with the pointed tail fin; only left pelvic fin present, 4 rays, on body midline, joined to anal fin by delicate membrane; pectoral fins absent, represented by a fine membrane; tail with 10 rays; no lateral line; scales rough, on both sides of body; scales in longitudinal series 86-105.

Tan with dark brown spotting on ocular side of head and body; 7-8 brown cross bars; dorsal and anal fins with indistinct dark rectilinear bars at rear and narrow white outer margin; tip of tail black, with white margin; inner opercular linings of both sides of body darkly pigmented; lining of gut cavity unpigmented. 

Size: grows to at least 16.4 cm.

Inhabits flat sand bottoms.

Depth: 1-150 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Colombia.   


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