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| Common names: sole (English), tepalcate (Espanol), suela (Espanol), lenguado-redondo (Espanol) |
Achirus mazatlanus (Steindachner, 1869)
Pacific lined sole, Mazatlan sole, Hairy sole
Body oval; 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 55-57; anal rays 41-44; pectoral rays 1-4; 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 with black hair-like filaments.
Dark grey or brownish grey to light tan; ~ 8 vertical dark lines across eyed side and scattered clumps of black hair-like filaments.
Size: to 20 cm.
Inhabits soft mud or sand bottoms of bays and estuaries, also enters freshwater streams.
Depth: 1-55 m.
Northern Baja to the Gulf of California to Peru.