Heteromycteris capensis Kaup, 1858
Cape sole
Heteromycteris capensis
photo by SFSA

Family:  Soleidae (Soles)
Max. size:  15 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine; depth range - 1 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: Walvis Bay, Namibia to the Kei River, South Africa. Occurrence north of the Kei River needs verification.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 95-102; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 64-75. Pale greyish brown, with dark specks; 3 vague dark spots along lateral line (Ref. 3200).
Biology:  Juveniles are abundant in sandy estuaries.
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 13 August 2019 (B2ab(iii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 21.04.93
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 09.04.98

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