Cynoglossus arel, commonly known as the largescale tonguesole, is a species of tonguefish. The eyed side of the fish is uniform brown, with a dark patch on the gill cover, and its blind side is white.[1] They are harmless to humans and predominantly feed on bottom-living invertebrates.

Cynoglossus arel
Picture of Cynoglossus arel next to a ruler
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Cynoglossidae
Genus: Cynoglossus
C. arel
Binomial name
Cynoglossus arel
(Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Pleuronectes arel



It is commonly found in muddy and sandy bottoms of the Indo-West Pacific and Indian Ocean, from the Persian Gulf to Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and as far north as the south coast of Japan, down to depths of 125 metres.[1]



They have no dorsal spines, 116-130 dorsal soft rays, no anal spines, 85-98 anal soft rays, and 50-57 vertebrae.[1] The average size of this species is 30 cm (12 in) and the max length is 40 cm (16 in).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Cynoglossus arel summary page". FishBase. Retrieved 2019-02-09.