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Species Paraplagusia bleekeri Kottelat, 2013

Bloch's Tongue Sole, Bloch's Tonguesole


This species has generally been referred to as Paraplagusia blochii by authors. Kottelat (2013) provided a translation of Bleeker (1851), which indicated that Bleeker's intention was only to use blochii as a replacement name for Pleuronectes bilineata Bloch, 1786, which technically makes blochii a junior synonym of Paraplagusia bilineata. Bleeker (1851) gave a description, but it was not regarded as a new species description. Kottelat (2013) selected a holototype, wich is the same specimen selected as a lectotype of blochii by Menon (1980) and referred to diagnoses provided in Menon (1980), Munroe (2001) and Chapleau & Renaud (1993) under the name of Paraplagusia blochii..




Northern Territory, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Shark Bay, WA (25°21'S) to near mouth of Roper River, NT (14°48'S, 135°24'E); tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental shelf.

Extra Ecological Information



General References

Bleeker, P. 1851. Over eenige nieuwe soorten van Pleuronectoïden van der Indischen Archipel. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 1: 401-416 [411] (provided a replacement name for Pleuronectes bilineatus Bloch, 1786)

Chapleau, F. & Renaud, C.B. 1993. Paraplagusia sinerama (Pleuronectiformes: Cynoglossidae), a new Indo-Pacific tongue sole with a revised key to species of the genus. Copeia 1993(3): 798-807 figs 1-4 [801] (as Paraplagusia blochii)

Hoese, D.F. & Bray, D.J. 2006. Cynoglossidae. pp. 1853-1858 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [1857] (as Paraplagusia blochii)

Johnson, J.W. 1999. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 43(2): 709-762 [753] (as Paraplagusia blochii)

Menon, A.G.K. 1980. A revision of the fringed-lip tongue soles of the genus Paraplagusia Bleeker, 1865 (Family Cynoglossidae). Matsya 5: 11-22 figs 1-2 [dated 1979] [12] (as Paraplagusia blochii)

Munroe, T.A. 2001. Soleidae, Cynoglossidae. pp. 3878-3901 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. [3895] (as Paraplagusia blochii)

Randall, J.E. 1995. Coastal Fishes of Oman. Bathurst : Crawford House Publishing 439 pp. [365] (as Paraplagusia blochii)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
08-Jul-2015 PLEURONECTOIDEI 22-Jun-2015 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED