Psettichthys melanostictus Girard, 1854
Pacific sand sole
photo by Archipelago Marine Research Ltd.

Family:  Pleuronectidae (Righteye flounders), subfamily: Pleuronectinae
Max. size:  63 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 1 - 325 m
Distribution:  Eastern and Western Pacific: The Bering Sea coast of Alaska, near the Aleutian Islands (Ref. 27436) to the West Bering Sea and to Redondo Beach, southern California, USA.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 72-88; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 53-66; Vertebrae: 37-39. Dorsal origin above point in front of eye. Caudal rounded. Pectorals small.
Biology:  Inhabits sandy bottoms. Feeds on fishes, worms, crustaceans and mollusks (Ref. 6885).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 02.05.91
Modified by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 20.12.00
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 28.07.94

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