Arnoglossus thori

Author: Kyle, 1913

Arnoglossus thori Kyle, 1913

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Arnoglossus thori Kyle, 1913 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: second ray of dorsal fin very long, with a conspicuous dark, fringed broad membrane. Lateral line with 51-56 scales. Colour: eyed side brownish or greyish with darker spots or blotches on lateral line, one behind the anterior curve and one near the distal end; generally a series of dark spots along caudal fin base; all fins sprinkled with small dark spots; first 3 or 4 dorsal finrays generally blackish in adults but only the elongate second ray is dark in immature fishes. Size: to about 18 cm SL.

Habitat: benthic on the upper 100 m of the continental shelf. Food: small fishes and invertebrates. Reproduction: between April and July.

Distribution: western Mediterranean. In the eastern Atlantic from Ireland to about 23° N along African coast.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Petersen, 19O9: 8 | Kyle, 1913: 64 | Padoa, 1956b: 790-795 | Varagnolo, 1964: 266, pl. 3 (fig. 16).
Otoliths (sagitta). Bauzá-Rullán, 1958b: 119.