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Lepidopsetta polyxystra Orr & Matarese, 2000
Northern Rock Sole
Family: Pleuronectidae
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Source: Distribution of Lepidopsetta polyxystra as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Vertebrae: 39 - 41. Blind side creamy in life, no glossy highlights along myotome margins. Pores: supraorbital 1-3, rarely 4-7; preopercular 5-8; lateral line 76-100. Interorbital space wide. Total scales above and below lateral line 66-96 (Ref. 37594).

Source: FishBase. Orr, J.W. and A.C Matarese. 2000 . (Ref. 37594)


Species Biology

Occurs on sand, also together with gravel and mud (Ref. 37594). Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 700 m (Ref. 50550), usually 19 - 246 m (Ref. 37594) Climate: temperate

Source: FishBase. Orr, J.W. and A.C Matarese. 2000 . (Ref. 37594)



North Pacific: Puget Sound, Washington (USA) through the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to the Kuril Islands; overlapping with L. bilineata from the extreme SE Bering Sea to Puget Sound; and with L. mochigarei in the southern Sea of Okhotsk.

Source: FishBase. Orr, J.W. and A.C Matarese. 2000 . (Ref. 37594)

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 9:12:11 AM]
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