Brachirus orientalis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Oriental sole
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Soleidae (Soles)
Max. size:  38 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range 15 - 20 m, anadromous
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and Persian Gulf, then off the west coast of India and Sri Lanka, eastward through the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago to China and northern Australia. Recorded from the mouth of Vivany River in Madagascar (Ref. 6805).
Biology:  Inhabits shallow sand and mud bottoms in coastal waters. Enters brackish waters (Ref. 6805). Reported to enter fresh waters (Ref. 4833). Feeds mainly on bottom-dwelling invertebrates, especially small crustaceans (Ref. 30573). Marketed fresh, frozen and dried salted.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 August 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 23.08.93
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 22.11.17
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 14.11.95

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