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Recently Discovered Deep Sea: Tonguefish
by Christine Dell’Amore
The Tangaroa Seamount offered up a new species of Tonguefish in the Symphurus genus.
Like many other flatfish, such as flounder, tonguefish have both their eyes on one side and are widely distributed on active seamounts in the western Pacific Ocean. There, the fish thought to graze on the bacterial mats created near warm nutrient flows.
(via: National Geo) (photo: NIWA)
Tonguefish are strange. They’re so called because they sort of look like one, given they don’t have tails. Their bodies just end in a point, with fin rays all around the outside. We have a species of this coast, the California tonguefish, which will occasionally be caught in loads of sardines, if purse seine drags the bottom.