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Pleuronectiformes  -  Bothidae  -  Monolene  -  Monolene maculipinna

Monolene maculipinna

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eyes close, spineless crest between them
elongate, tapering

  pectoral - black + white spots, notch at end


Monolene maculipinna Norman, 1933

Pacific deepwater flounder

Body elongate
 (depth < 33% of SL), tapering to tail; snout very short (< eye); eyes on left side of head, close together, with a spineless crest between them; lower eye originates distinctly before top eye; mouth moderately longt, ends under front edge of pupil;  teeth ~ equally developed on jaws on both eye- and blind-sides; 98-102 dorsal rays; 78-85 anal rays; pectoral notched at end, 9-12 rays, no pectoral on blind side in adults; base of eye-side pelvic slightly longer than base of blind-side fin, with origin behind lower eye; lateral line arched over pectoral fin; 104-112 lateral line scales.

Dark grey body and fins; pectoral blackish, with 2 rows of whitish spots.

Size: 18 cm.

Habitat: shell and mud bottoms.

Depth: 95-385 m.

Nicaragua to Peru; the Galapagos

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