Symphurus varius


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Symphurus varius
Species Authority: Garman 1899
Common Name(s):
English Mottled tonguefish, Mottled tonguefish (FB)
French Langue mouchetée
Spanish Lengua jaspeada

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-04-29
Assessor(s): Nielsen, J.G., Munroe, T., Tyler, J. & Robertson, R.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
Although this species is seldom collected, its depth distribution and geographic distribution indicate that it has no major threats. Most of its range is included in Marine Protected Areas. Therefore, this species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the eastern tropical Pacific region and is found from Costa Rica to western Panama, and in Cocos, Malpelo, and the Galapagos islands.
Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; Panama
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Population: This is not a common species in this range. There is no population information for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species lives on rubble and shell substrata on the inner to outer continental shelf, probably primarily an insular species. It is found from 20-280m. It feeds on mobile invertebrates, and it has pelagic eggs and larvae.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species specific conservation measures. However, most of this species' distribution is included in continental and island Marine Protected Areas.

Citation: Nielsen, J.G., Munroe, T., Tyler, J. & Robertson, R. 2010. Symphurus varius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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