E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Hippoglossus stenolepis Schmidt, 1904
Pacific Halibut
Family: Pleuronectidae
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© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #7493)

Source: Distribution of Hippoglossus stenolepis as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 90 - 106; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 69 - 80; Vertebrae: 49 - 51. Dorsal origin above anterior part of pupil in upper eye, generally low, higher in middle. Caudal spread and slightly lunate. Pectorals small.

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


Species Biology

Found on various types of bottoms (Ref. 2850). Young are found near shore, moving out to deeper waters as they grow older (Ref. 6885). Older individuals typically move from deeper water along the edge of the continental shelf where they spend the winter, to shallow coastal water (27-274 m) for the summer (Ref. 28499). Feeds on fishes, crabs, clams, squids, and other invertebrates (Ref. 6885). Environment: demersal; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); marine; depth range 0 - 1200 m (Ref. 50550)Climate: temperate; 73°N - 42°N, 138°E - 123°W

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



North Pacific: Hokkaido, Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk to the southern Chukchi Sea and Point Camalu, Baja California, Mexico.

Source: FishBase. 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 8:22:59 AM]
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