Syacium guineense (Bleeker, 1862)
Papillose flounder
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Cyclopsettidae (Sand whiffs)
Max. size:  29.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 37 - 73 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: off Mauritania and Western Sahara to Walvis Bay, Namibia (Ref. 4417, 11228).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 84-93; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 62-73; Vertebrae: 34-36. 11-12 pectoral fin rays on ocular side, 10 on blind side. Preserved specimens uniformly brownish on ocular side, yellowish-white on blind side; fins paler than body (dorsal and anal fins with regular series of dark blotches); pectoral fin on ocular side with dark bars; caudal fin with scattered indistinct dark blotches (Ref. 10878). Exhibits sexual dimorphism, mature males with greater interorbital width compared to females and the upper one or two pectoral fin rays on the ocular side are extended and filamentous (Ref. 10878).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 July 2014 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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