Citharus linguatula

Author: Linnaeus, 1758

Citharus linguatula Linnaeus, 1758

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Citharus linguatula (Linnaeus, 1758) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: eyes on left side of body; mouth strongly arched downward; strong teeth on vomer. Lower gillrakers on first arch 11-12. Dorsal finrays 64-72; anal finrays 44-48. Lateral line scales 35-39, anterior part of line strongly curved over pectoral fins. Colour: eyed side brownish, with a conspicuous black spot at bases of posterior dorsal and anal finrays; fins often with dark spots. Size: to about 25 cm SL.

Habitat: benthic on continental shelf. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Mediterranean, also eastern Atlantic from Portugal southward to Morocco. Elsewhere, southward along West African coast to Angola.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). Frost, 1930a: 235, pl. IX (fig. 13) | Chabanaud, 1933: 22, fig. 14 | Norman, 1934: 8, fig. 8c | Chaine, 1936: 31, pl. III | Bauzá-Rullán, 1958: 104, pl. II (fig. 1-11).