Bothus (Arnoglossus) tapeinosoma   Bleeker  1866 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 12.7 cm.

Color: In alcohol specimens brownish. A dark spot on posterior dorsal and anal rays and near top of left pectoral. The filamentous dorsal rays of males often darkbrown. Body sometimes with dark blotches scattered along lateral line.

Height 2.5-3.1, 2.9-3.7 in length with caudal. Head 3.3-4.2, 4-5.2 in length with caudal. Eye about 3, lower eye somewhat in advance of upper one and separated from it by a sharp elevated bony ridge. Snout somewhat shorter than eye. Mouth very oblique, not much curved, maxillary reaching to below anterior half of eye, 2.1-2.7 in head. Lower jaw prominent, with a rather feeble symphysial knob. Up to 6 of the anterior rays of dorsal filamentous in males, reaching well over the middle of the length. Origin of dorsal on blind side of snout, immediately above maxillary. Last ray of dorsal and anal very short, close to caudal. Left pectoral as long as head without snout in males, apparently somewhat shorter in females, right pectoral equal to postorbital part of head. First ray of right ventral opposite to fourth one of left side. Gillrakers short. Scales ctenoid on coloured side, cycloid on blind side.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Arnoglossus macrolophus Alcock 1889
Arnoglossus macrolophus Johnstone 1904
Arnoglossus macrolophus M. Weber 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 1929)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) 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

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