IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sole (English), comal (Espanol), suela (Espanol), lenguado-redondo (Espanol)
Achirus scutum (Günther, 1862)

Network sole

Body rounded; eyes on right side; snout rounded; mouth small, arched, a little below snout; lower lip on eyed side fringed; front margin of head with short tentacles; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin, visible as a superficial groove; gill openings wide, united before pelvic fins; an opening connects gill chambers on both sides; dorsal origin ~ above eye; dorsal rays 53-59; anal rays 42-44; pectoral rays 3-4; pelvic on eye side fused to anal; pectorals present or absent; lateral line from head to tail, straight, with perpendicular branches running across body; body covered with rough scales;  scales on eyed side without hair-like filaments.

Dark brown with ~ 20 tan or whitish bars, these generally wavy and becoming branched or joined with adjacent bars to form a maze-like pattern; median fins with pale wavy bands.

Size: reaches 19 cm.

Inhabits flat sand or mud bottoms of bays and estuaries; enters freshwater streams.

Depth: 5-45 m.

The tip of Baja and the SE Gulf of California to Peru.


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