Lepidopsetta bilineata (Ayres, 1855)
Rock sole
photo by Gotshall, D.W.

 Family:  Pleuronectidae (Righteye flounders), subfamily: Pleuronectinae
 Max. size:  58 cm TL (male/unsexed); 60 cm TL (female); max.weight: 1,800.0 g; max. reported age: 26 years
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 575 m
 Distribution:  North Pacific: Baja California to the eastern Aleutian Islands and extreme southeastern Bering Sea.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 65-82; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 50-65; Vertebrae: 39-42. Dorsal origin over forward part of eye. Caudal with posterior margin a broad 'V'. Pectorals small and may be asymmetrical (Ref. 6885). Blind side white, with glossy highlights along myotome margins, increasing anteriorly. Pores: supraorbital 3-9; preopercular 5-7; lateral line 70-91. Interorbital space narrow (Ref. 37594).
 Biology:  Adults occur over sand and gravel substrates to depths of 339 m; larvae collected over depths less than 1,000 m (Ref. 37594). Feed on mollusks, polychaete worms, crustaceans, brittle stars, and fishes (Ref. 6885). A tasty food fish; in some years commercial catch in Canada reaches 3,000 t (Ref. 2850).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 05.07.96
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 20.02.13
 Checked by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 23.06.05

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