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Citharichthys sordidus (Girard, 1854)
Pacific Sanddab
Family: Bothidae
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Source: Distribution of Citharichthys sordidus as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 86 - 102; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 67 - 81; Vertebrae: 38 - 40. Caudal rounded; pectorals rather large and pointed (Ref. 6885). Eyed side dull brown or tan irregularly mottled with dark; Dorsal, anal, caudal and anal fins black; blind side white to pale brown (Ref. 6885). Freshly caught males with dull orange spots and blotches (Ref. 6885). Young light olive green on eyed side, finely and sparsely speckled with brown, black, and orange, especially on fins (Ref. 6885).

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)


Species Biology

Found on sand bottoms (Ref. 2850). Young may occur at depth less than 9 m (Ref. 2850). demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 549 m (Ref. 6793), usually 15 - ? m (Ref. 27436). Temperate.

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)



Eastern Pacific: Bering Sea coast of Alaska to Cabo San Lucas, southern Baja California, Mexico. Occurrence in Nicaragua (Ref. 13613) needs validation.

Source: FishBase. Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H Hammann. 1983 . (Ref. 2850)

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-04-22 9:22:58 AM]
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