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Microstomus pacificus (Lockington, 1879)
Dover Sole
Family: Pleuronectidae
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© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #11470)

Source: Distribution of Microstomus pacificus as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 90 - 116; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 80 - 96; Vertebrae: 50 - 54. Dorsal origin above middle of upper eye. Caudal imperfectly rounded.

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


Species Biology

Occurs on mud bottom (Ref. 2850). Moves into deep water in winter (Ref. 2850). Produces large amounts of slime which may cover other fishes when caught in trawls (Ref. 4925). Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 1370 m (Ref. 50610). Climate: temperate; 65°N - 31°N

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



Eastern Pacific: Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea to Stalemate Bank in the Aleutian Islands and San Cristobal Bay, Baja California, Mexico.

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 9:17:21 AM]
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