Syacium micrurum Ranzani, 1842
Channel flounder
photo by Freitas, R.

 Family:  Paralichthyidae (Large-tooth flounders)
 Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 500.0 g
 Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range - 412 m
 Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951) to Florida, USA to São Paulo, Brazil. Records of Syacium micrurum from the eastern Atlantic refer to Syacium guineensis.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 83-92; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 64-74. In males, the 1st and 2nd rays of the pectoral fin become filamentous (Ref. 35237).
 Biology:  Found on soft bottoms of the continental plateau (Ref. 5217, 5377). Feeds on worms and crustaceans. Exhibits sexual dimorphism (Ref. 35237).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
 Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 10.02.15
 Checked by: Amaoka, Kunio - 26.10.95

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