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Species: Trinectes inscriptus, Scrawled Sole

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yellowish-brown + dense dark reticulating lines
C yellow/clear
D 51-58; A 36-46
eye-side: small pectoral

Trinectes inscriptus (Gosse, 1851)

Scrawled Sole

Body oval; eyes on right side, small; head short and deep; front margin of head with short tentacles; snout rounded; mouth small, oblique, a little under snout; lips fleshy; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin, visible as a superficial groove; gill openings wide, united before pelvic fins; without opening connecting gill chambers on both sides; dorsal 51-58 rays, origin above lower eye; anal rays 36-46; a small pectoral fin on eye-side; eye side pelvic fin fused to anal; lateral line from head to tail, straight, with perpendicular branches running across body; body covered with rough scales.

Eye side head, body and dorsal and anal fins pale brown with dense brown reticulating lines; tail fin light yellow to clear.

Size: to 15 cm.

Habitat: sandy-mud bottoms, brackish water (mangrove lagoons) to marine.

Depth: 0-136 m.

The Bahamas to the Guyanas.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
  • Mangrove
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 136