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Species: Gymnachirus nudus, Flabby sole, Nude sole

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eye-side cirri short/absent
body bars < width pale interspaces
accessory LLs: usually > 7, 3rd - 34-44 pores
complete bars: body ~15-18; C 3-4

Gymnachirus nudus Kaup, 1858

Nude sole, Flabby sole

Body oval; eyes small, on right side; snout rounded; mouth small, arched, a little below snout; lips fleshy; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin; gill openings wide, united before pelvic fins; dorsal origin ~before level of eye; pelvic on eye side fused to anal; pectorals present or absent; lateral line from head to tail, straight, with 7-10 (usually > 7) accessory sensory lines at right angles to main line on right side; 3rd accessory LL 34-44 (26-59) pores; no scales, body covered with loose skin, eye side with or without short cirri in adults.

Eye side of adults with 13-21 (usually 15-18) dark narrow (3/4 width of pale interspaces) complete crossbars plus partial cross bars (often dotted) across body and dorsal and anal fins; ends of cross bars joined on dorsal and anal fins by a partial to complete dark line; tail with 3-4 complete crossbars; juveniles very dark body and fins on both sides.

Reaches 20 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 2-100 m.

Campeche (N Yucatan) to Brazil.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Brackish
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
  • Island (s)
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 100