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Arnoglossus thori

Kyle, 1913


Jane Wilkinson Can anyone ID this for me. Sorry it's not a very good picture but I couldn't get anywhere near it. Seen in Loch Ailort in about 5-8m. I'm puzzled by the bit sticking out at the top, the only thing I can find with anything like that is a Thor's Scaldfish.

Marco Faasse Yes, I think it's Arnoglossus thori. More photos: http://doris.ffessm.fr/fiche.asp?varpositionf=83&sousgroupe_numero=&fiche_numero=554&origine=groupe&fiche_etat=4

Marco Faasse http://doris.ffessm.fr/fiche.asp?varpositionf=83&sousgroupe_numero=&fiche_numero=554&origine=groupe&fiche_etat=4

Marco Faasse Sorry, I cannot make the link working. Maybe it's necessary to login on the site.

Marco Faasse Maybe like this: http://doris.ffessm.fr/fiche2.asp?fiche_numero=554

Jane Wilkinson Yep that works, thank you for your confirmation of what it is.

Frances Dipper Yes this is Thor's scaldfish. See P.144 of my book Marine Fishes of Wales

Jane Wilkinson Hi Frances, I have your book here and it was from there that I made my tentative ID suggestion, the drawings were really helpful. It's just not a good photo and at the time I thought it might be a topknot as I hadn't even spotted the bit sticking out until I checked the pictures later.

Frances Dipper OH good, I'm very pleased. Interestingly Paul Kay says he never or rarely sees the other scaldfish when he's diving.

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 05 Oct 2012
João Pedro Silva Gone fishing. Meanwhile this has been identified as Arnoglossus thori. From yesterday's dive in Sesimbra, Portugal. Canon EOS 350D in Ikelite housing, Canon 100mm macro, 2x Nikonos SB-105 strobes, f/20, 1/200s, ISO 100.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 20 Jun 2013
Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Chordata (Phylum)
    Vertebrata (Subphylum)
      Gnathostomata (Superclass)
        Pisces (Superclass)
          Actinopterygii (Class)
            Pleuronectiformes (Order)
              Bothidae (Family)
                Arnoglossus (Genus)
                  Arnoglossus thori (Species)
Associated Species