Symphurus diomedeanus (Goode & Bean, 1885)
Spottedfin tonguefish
Symphurus diomedeanus
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Cynoglossidae (Tonguefishes), subfamily: Symphurinae
Max. size:  22 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 6 - 263 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951) to north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina through the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, inner continental shelf of South America to about Isla de Flores, Uruguay.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 90-92; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 73-77
Biology:  Does not usually occur in shallow coastal or estuarine waters (Ref. 26268). Found on muddy bottoms. Feeds mainly on various benthic invertebrates particularly crabs and polychaete worms (Ref. 35237).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 August 2012 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.04.09
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 01.09.94

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