Brachirus heterolepis (Bleeker, 1856)
Frill-mouth sole
Brachirus heterolepis
photo by Ryanskiy, A.

Family:  Soleidae (Soles)
Max. size:  36 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 2 - 30 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 64-70; Anal soft rays: 50-57. Description: Characterized by light brown color with irregular, brown blotches and mottling ; pectoral fins blackish; dorsal and anal fins with narrow white margin; dorsal fin origin nearly at tip of snout; caudal rays 13-15, continuous with dorsal and anal fins; eyed side pelvic fin joined with anal fin; small pectoral fins; lateral line of eyed side with 115 scales; ctenoid scales on eyed side, cycloid on blind side; scaly interorbital separates eyes; filamentous lips, eyelids and some patches on chin and nape of eyed side; body and median fins with clusters of short filaments; depth of body 1.8-2.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Inhabits sheltered bays and lagoons on pale sandy substrates near reefs (Ref. 48637).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 21.10.03
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 19.07.13

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