Species: Achirus mazatlanus, Hairy sole, Mazatlan sole, Pacific lined sole
Achirus mazatlanus (Steindachner, 1869)
Pacific lined sole, Mazatlan sole, Hairy sole
Body oval; eyes on right side; snout rounded; mouth small, arched, a little below snout; lower lip on eyed side fringed; front margin of head with short tentacles; rear edge of preopercle covered with skin, visible as a superficial groove; gill openings wide, united before pelvic fins; an opening connects gill chambers on both sides; dorsal origin ~ above eye; dorsal rays 55-57; anal rays 41-44; pectoral rays 1-4; pelvic on eye side fused to anal; pectorals present or absent; lateral line from head to tail, straight, with perpendicular branches running across body; body covered with rough scales; scales on eyed side with black hair-like filaments; lateral line with < 77 scales.
Dark grey or brownish grey to light tan; ~ 8 vertical dark lines across eyed side and scattered clumps of black hair-like filaments.
Size: to 23 cm.
Inhabits soft mud or sand bottoms of bays and estuaries, also enters freshwater streams.
Depth: 1-55 m.
Northern Baja to the Gulf of California to Peru.
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- Non Marine
- Inshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Sand & gravel
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Soft bottom only
- FishBase Habitat
- Feeding Group
- Bony fishes
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Mobile benthic worms
- Egg Type
- No data
- Pelagic larva
- Global Endemism
- East Pacific endemic
- All species
- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- Regional Endemism
- 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
- TEP endemic
- Continental TEP endemic
- Continent only
- All species
- Climate Zone
- South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
- Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
- Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
- Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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