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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. 2005 Revision of the genus Asterorhombus (Pleuronectiformes: Bothidae). Copeia 2005(3):445-460. (Ref. 57759)
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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)
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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
  • Myers, R.F. 1991 Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
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Size

Maximum size: 150 mm TL
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Max. size

20.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 48637))
  • Kuiter, R.H. and T. Tonozuka 2001 Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Zoonetics, Australia. p. 623-893. (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.Description: Characterized further by blotchy pale brown body color with three rows (approximately along lateral line) of large black-edged pale spots enclosing black dots, except posterior most spot on lateral line sometimes solid black; first dorsal ray moderately prolonged and separated from rest of fin, with central stalk and narrow, fringed membrane, extending more than half-way to base; ctenoid scales on eyed side, cycloid on blind side; palmate gill rakers; lower eye slightly anterior to upper; lower jaw extending to below front edge of lower eye or slightly posterior; uniserial teeth on both jaws; depth of body 2.0-2.4 in SL (Ref. 90102).
  • Myers, R.F. 1991 Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
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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)
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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).
  • Kulbicki, M. and L. Wantiez 1990 Variations in the fish catch composition in the Bay of St. Vincent, New Caledonia, as determined by experimental trawling. Aust. J. Mar. Freshwat. Res. 41:121-44. (Ref. 33496)
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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
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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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)
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