Alien 18




ALIEN #18 – Ask ichthyologists where Tonguefish get their common name from, and you’ll get two opposite, but reasonable answers (but first you’ll be told that common names are useless, and only the scientific name is valid). It’s called a tonguefish because in it’s larval stage (here) it’s intestines hang below it’s body in the shape of a tongue. Or it’s called a tonguefish because after it settles onto the seafloor as an adult, it looks much like a flounder (eyes both on one side, & no pectorals), but a bit more “tonguey”. Either way, this tiny, hyperactive wriggler was a beauty. Family: Cynoglossidae, Genus: unknown
Total length ~1cm