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Author: Cocco, 1844

Symphurus ligulatus Cocco, 1844

Diagnosis: body very elongate, dorsal and anal profiles almost parallel, depth of body more than four times in length. Snout rounded, not hooked. Dorsal finrays 100-110; anal finrays 90-98; caudal finrays 14. Scales very deciduous, about 115-120 in longitudinal series. Colour: eyed side with body and dorsal and anal fins brownish-grey. Size: to 10 cm SL.

Habitat: benthic on muddy bottoms of continental slope, at depths of 20-800 m.

Distribution: Mediterranean (Gulf of Taranto, Sicily, Naples, Gulf of Genoa). Elsewhere, from southern Morocco to perhaps Angola.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Emery, 1883: 403, pl. 28 (fig. 1-3) | Kyle, 1913: 138, pl. IV (fig. 45-46) | Padoa, 1956: 875-877, pl. 50 (fig. 1-2).
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Elongate tonguesole (Symphurus ligulatus)