Aseraggodes cyclurus Randall, 2005
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Soleidae (Soles)
Max. size:  7.33 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 15 - 28 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Tahiti. Western Central Pacific: Fiji to French Polynesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 68-71; Anal soft rays: 53-53. Diagnosis: Dorsal rays 68-71; anal rays 53; most dorsal and anal rays double branched. Lateral-line scales 70-73 (including 6-7 anterior to a vertical at upper end of gill opening). Vertebrae 36-37; dorsal pterygiophores anterior to fourth neural spine 10-11. Body depth 2.25-2.4 in SL; head length (HL) 4.65 (4.7-4.95) in SL. Eye diameter 4.65-4.9 in HL; upper eye overlapping about anterior half of lower eye; interorbital space narrow, the vertical distance separating eyes about three-fourths eye diameter. Caudal peduncle absent. No prominent cirri on ventral edge of head. Lateral line aligned with ventral edge of upper eye. Longest dorsal ray 1.45-1.6 in HL; caudal fin rounded, its length 4.7-4.8 in SL; pelvic fins 2.2-2.4 in HL, the tip of longest ray reaching base of third anal ray. Body on ocular side mottled brown, the scale edges dark brown to black; large irregular blackish blotches, the most prominent comprising 4 below base of dorsal fin, 3 on lateral line, and 2 above posterior half of anal fin (Ref. 57560).
Biology:  Collected from sand at the entrance to a cave and on a steep rubble and sand slope (Ref. 57560).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 06 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 14.11.06

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