Cynoglossus carpenteri   Alcock,  1889 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: FAO

Size: Maximum 23 cm; common to 15 cm

Color: Upper side uniformly brownish, lower whitish.

Body flat and elongate, with dorsal and anal fins joined to caudal fin. Eyes on left side of body, with a small scaly space between them; snout obtusely pointed, rostral hook short, corner of mouth extending to below the posterior border of lower eye or a little beyond, either slightly nearer to gill opening than to tip of snout or midway between them. Three lateral lines on eyed side, none on blind side. Scales cycloid (smooth to touch) on both sides of body; 15 to 19 scale rows between upper and middle lateral lines on eyed side.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Hooked Tonguesole (English)
• Alcock's Tongue-sole (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh and frozen)

Habitat:  Benthic, Demersal
Prey:  Bottom living invertebrates


• West Coast INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 2 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jayasankar, P; Pillai, NGK; Rajagopalan, M and Sobhana, KS (2007) Night fishing for oceanic tunas at Vishakhapatnam CMFRI newsletter Modayil, MJ 113 1-11 Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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