Arnoglossus thori Kyle, 1913
Thor's scaldfish
Arnoglossus thori
photo by Pillon, R.

Family:  Bothidae (Lefteye flounders)
Max. size:  18 cm SL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 10 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range 15 - 300 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Ireland (Ref. 4704) to Sierra Leone and Cape Verde. Also known from the western Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 81-91; Anal soft rays: 61-69. Second ray of dorsal fin very long, with a conspicuous dark, fringed broad membrane. First 3 or 4 dorsal fin rays generally blackish in adults but only the elongate second ray is dark in immature fishes.
Biology:  Found on the upper 100 m of the continental shelf. Feeds on small fishes and invertebrates (Ref. 4704). Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 52678 but has been caught in depths inferior to 10m (Ref. 57407).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 21 May 2013 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 15.09.06
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 24.08.94

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