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  • eye side - 2-7 bars, C: +/- dark triangle
    blind side - pepper dots
    gut cavity pale
    D 70-76; A 55-61; C 12
    Symphurus arawak, Caribbean tonguefish, Coral reef tonguefish
    no pupil cover
    lateral scales 55-65
  • 5-8 bars; rear D & A - basal stripe; C base - dark spot
    gut cavity black
    D 89-95; A 76-84; C 12
    Symphurus billykrietei, Chocolate banded tonguefish
    eyes: length > width, close-set, no pupil cover
    lateral scales 80-100
  • 9-15 bars; D & A dark bars; C clear/barred
    gut cavity pale
    D 89-96; A 74-80; C 12
    Symphurus caribbeanus, Caribbean tonguefish
    inside eye-side operculum dark
    no pupil cover
    lateral scales 78-89
  • 6-14 narrow cross-bars; fins plain
    inside gill cover dark
    gut cavity pale
    D 86-93; A 70-78; C 12
    Symphurus civitatium, Offshore tonguefish
    lower jaw - fleshy ridge
    no pupil cover
    lateral scales 66-83
  • mottled; D & A 1-5 black spots, C +/- spot
    D 86-96; A 69-80; C 10
    Symphurus diomedeanus, Spottedfin tonguefish
    gut cavity pale
    with pupil cover
    lateral scales 79-96
  • D&A purple-blue
    blind side: purple + dense dark dots
    D 95-102; A 80-86; C 12
    Symphurus hernandezi, Species A tonguefish
    opercle & gut cavity black
    no pupil cover
    ~77-86 lateral scales
  • dark brown; D & A bases - brown stripe; tail base dark
    gut cavity black
    D 93-104; A 80-89; C 12
    Symphurus marginatus, Margined tonguefish
    elongate, uniform width front 2/3
    no pupil cover
  • dark: rear D & A, tail base & C base
    D 69-81; A 54-64; C 10
    bases of D & A - holes
    Symphurus minor, Largescale tonguefish
    gut cavity pale
    with pupil cover
    lateral scales 56-67
  • elongate, width uniform
    pupil no cover
    D 105-113; A 91-98; C 14
    color uniform; peritoneum black, visible
    lateral scales 120-135
    Symphurus nebulosus, Nebulous tonguefish
    lower jaw no crest
  • eyes small
    D, A, C alternating dark & light blotches
    body 10-14 narrow bars
    D 97-106; A 81-89
    84-97 lateral scales
    Symphurus oculellus, Caribbean small-eye tonguefish
    no pupil cover
    operculum: dark blotch inside & outside
    gut lining pale
    bases D & A rays: no rough scales
  • D & A: 1 large ocellus at rear, +/- faint dark blotches before those
    gut cavity pale
    D 75-79; A 60-64; C 10
    bases of D & A - holes
    Symphurus ommaspilus, Ocellated tonguefish
    with pupil cover
    lateral scales 58-64
  • dark oblong before C; fins plain
    gut cavity pale
    D 75-86; A 60-70; C 12
    bases of D & A - holes
    Symphurus parvus, Pygmy tonguefish
    with pupil cover
    lateral scales 59-78
  • eye side plain; blind side - dense dark dots
    gut cavity dark
    D 77-85; A 64-70; C 12
    Symphurus pelicanus, Longtail tonguefish
    no pupil cover
    lateral scales 62-70
  • 3-10 dark, narrow, strong cross-bars; C dark
    gut cavity black
    D 80-90; A 68-74; C 12
    Symphurus piger, Deepwater tonguefish
    no pupil cover
    62-75 lateral scales
  • variable, partial cross-bars
    inside opercle v dark
    gut cavity pale
    D 81-91; A 66-75; C 10
    Symphurus plagiusa, Blackcheek tonguefish
    lower jaw - fleshy ridge
    no/weak pupil cover
    lateral scales 76-86
  • uniform / 8-14 faint, narrow bars
    D & A dark / faintly barred
    C base & tip dark
    D 89-97; A 73-81; C 12
    Symphurus plagusia, Duskycheek tonguefish
    gut cavity pale
    lower jaw - fleshy ridge
    no pupil cover
    lateral scales 79-89
  • body: 2-6 bars, with ~3-4 obvious
    +/- dark line along center mid-body
    D 83-88; A 71-75; C 12
    Symphurus pusillus, Northern tonguefish
    gut cavity black
    no pupil cover
    lateral scales 77-87
  • dark blotch: rear D & A + C base
    D 83-87; A 68-71; C 12
    Symphurus rhytisma, Patchtail tonguefish
    gut cavity pale
    no pupil cover
    lateral scales 91-97
  • D&A: basal 1/3 dark, + 4-6 large dark blotches
    C clear
    eyes large, round, contiguous, pupil no cover
    D 89-95; A 78-81; C 12
    lateral scales 98-100
    Symphurus stigmosus, Blotchfin tonguefish
  • 5-9 strong, bars; rear D & A dark; C blackish
    gut cavity pale
    D 91-102; A 74-86; C 12
    Symphurus tessellatus, Tessellated tonguefish
    top & inside opercle - dark
    no pupil cover
    lateral scales 81-96
    blind side rear D & A rays - 4-8 rough scales
  • 4-11 strong, complete bars, black scale edges
    C - black & white ocellus
    gut cavity pale
    D 82-90; A 64-74; C 11
    Symphurus urospilus, Spottail tonguefish
    lower jaw - fleshy ridge
    with pupil cover
    lateral scales 67-82