Microchirus azevia (de Brito Capello, 1867)
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Soleidae (Soles)
Max. size:  40 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 20 - 250 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Portugal southward to Senegal; a single record from southwest of the British Isles. Mediterranean: Spain, Algeria and Turkey.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 71-86; Anal soft rays: 58-68; Vertebrae: 40-43. Body oval; upper eye less than its own diameter from dorsal profile of head; anterior nostril on blind side not enlarged; anterior nostril on eyed side with a backward-pointing tube hardly reaching to front border of lower eye; dorsal fin beginning near vertical through front border of upper eye; pectoral fin on eyed side with 6-8 fin rays, on blind side shorter; caudal fin separate from last dorsal and anal fin rays; lateral line supra-temporal branch forming an angular S-shape, the ascending part running upward and backward (Ref. 4710).
Biology:  Found on mud and sand of the continental shelf, from the shore down to 250 m (Ref. 4710). Feeds on small benthic invertebrates, mainly amphipods and polychaetes (Ref. 4710). Minimum depth range from Ref. 121791.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 15 July 2014 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 25.08.03
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 02.03.20

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