Cynoglossus monopus   (Bleeker,  1849) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 17 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens light brownish, fins whitish with a black terminal border along their posterior half.

Very elongate, much tapering to the tail. Height 4.1-4.4, 4.5-4.8 in length. Head 4.3-5.2, 4.7-5.5 in length with caudal. Eyes 15-16, prominent, almost stalked, subcontiguous, the upper one in advance of the lower. Nostrils of colored side close together in a horizontal line before the eyes, the anterior with long tube, the posterior one with a shorter valve, those of blind side with a valve. Corner of mouth below or somewhat behind vertical through hindborder of lower eye, nearer to end of snout than to branchial opening. Hook of upper jaw short, not reaching below eyes. An upper and a median lateral line on colored side, separated by 15 scales. One indistinct one on blind side. Scales ctenoid on both sides.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Plagusia monopus Bleeker, 1849
(Senior synonym)
Plagusia melanopterus Bleeker, 1851
(Junior synonym)
Arelia ceratophrys Kaup, 1858
(Junior synonym)
Arelia melanopterus Bleeker, 1859
Cynoglossus melanopterus Gunther, 1862
Cynoglossus monopus Bleeker, 1872
Cynoglossus melanopterus Alcock, 1889
Arelia melanopterus (Bleeker, 1851)
(Junior synonym)
Cynoglossus melanopterus (Bleeker, 1851)
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Kerala, Alappuzha INDIA
• Kerala, Ambalappuzha INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Kurian, CV (1953) A preliminary survey of the bottom fauna and bottom deposits of the Travancore coast within the 15-fathom line Proceedings of the National Institute of Sciences of India 19 746–775 Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1929) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E. J. Brill Ltd. 5 458 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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