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Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms. Active during the day (Ref. 48637). Feeds on bottom-living animals. Also caught by divers.
  • Hensley, D.A. and K. Amaoka 2001 Bothidae. Lefteye flounders. p. 3799-3841. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9824)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=9824&speccode=10585 External link.
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Distribution

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to Tonga, north to southern Japan, south to the Indo-Australian Archipelago.
  • Hensley, D.A. and K. Amaoka 2001 Bothidae. Lefteye flounders. p. 3799-3841. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9824)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=9824&speccode=10585 External link.
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Red Sea, Indo-West Pacific: Seychelles and Maldives east to Tonga, north to southern Japan, south to Western Australia and Queensland (Australia) and New Caledonia.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 77 - 84; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 55 - 62
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Size

Maximum size: 150 mm TL
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Max. size

20.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637))
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Diagnostic Description

Distinguished from all other Micronesian genera by having a nearly continuous bony ridge extending from the anterior margin of the lower eye to the posterior margin of the upper eye, and a narrow interorbital space, always greater than the greatest eye diameter.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 1 - 96 m (Ref. 9824)
  • Hensley, D.A. and K. Amaoka 2001 Bothidae. Lefteye flounders. p. 3799-3841. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9824)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=9824&speccode=10585 External link.
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Depth range based on 155 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 33 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 3.35 - 88
  Temperature range (°C): 22.767 - 28.905
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.053 - 1.347
  Salinity (PPS): 32.200 - 35.568
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.427 - 4.855
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.083 - 0.339
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.380 - 4.465

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 3.35 - 88

Temperature range (°C): 22.767 - 28.905

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.053 - 1.347

Salinity (PPS): 32.200 - 35.568

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.427 - 4.855

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.083 - 0.339

Silicate (umol/l): 0.380 - 4.465
 
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Depth: 0 - 96m.
Recorded at 96 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Trophic Strategy

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms. Feeds on bottom-living animals (Ref. 9824).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Asterorhombus intermedius

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial; price category: very high; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family
  • Hensley, D.A. and K. Amaoka 2001 Bothidae. Lefteye flounders. p. 3799-3841. In K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 6. Bony fishes part 4 (Labridae to Latimeriidae), estuarine crocodiles. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9824)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=9824&speccode=10585 External link.
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