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Austroglossus microlepis  (Bleeker, 1863)

West coast sole
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Pleuronectiformes (Flatfishes) > Soleidae (Soles)
Etymology: Austroglossus: Composed from Austro = the south + Greek, glossa = tongue (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 100 - 400 m (Ref. 5304).   Deep-water, preferred 17°C (Ref. 107945); 17°S - 35°S

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Southeast Atlantic: northern Namibia to False Bay, South Africa.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 75.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3200); max. published weight: 4.0 kg (Ref. 3200)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 82-100; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 65 - 78; Vertebrae: 55 - 57. Dorsal and anal fins continuous with caudal fin (Ref. 36731). Right pectoral fin more than half of, but shorter than head length; left pectoral fin present (Ref. 36731). Brownish with small dark specks; sometimes with bars on body (Ref. 3200).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Larvae are pelagic (Ref. 27121, Ref. 36731), while adults live close to the sea bed (Ref. 36731). Adults feed on worms, crustaceans, mollusks, and fish (Ref. 27121, Ref. 36731). Utilized as a food fish (Ref. 4931).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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Heemstra, P.C. and O. Gon, 1986. Soleidae. p. 868-874. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 3200)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: minor commercial
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