Laeops kitaharae (Smith & Pope, 1906)
photo by Shao, K.T.

Family:  Bothidae (Lefteye flounders)
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 70 - 300 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: including East Africa and Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 105-114; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 85-93. Mouth very small and asymmetrical, its length much shorter than eye diameter. Dentition developed only on blind side of jaws. Head small, 1/6 to 1/7 of SL. First 2 dorsal fin rays detached from others. Body with small spots.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 03.07.96
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 20.02.07

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