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Species: Trinectes fimbriatus, Fringed sole, White-spotted sole

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front nostril + cirri
brown + yellow spots
D 46-56; A 33-39
blind side opercular flap ~no scales

Trinectes fimbriatus (Günther, 1862)

White-spotted sole, Fringed sole

Body nearly round, its depth 1.4-1.5 in SL; eyes on right side; a ring of cirri on margin of eye-side front nostril; snout rounded; mouth small, arched, a little below snout; 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; without opening connecting gill chambers on both sides; dorsal origin ~ above eye; dorsal rays 52 (46-56); anal rays 36.5 (33-39); no pectorals; 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 in longitudinal series 70-74; opercular margin on blind side mostly without scales.

Dark brown with pale yellow spots and blotches.

Size: reaches at least 9 cm.

Inhabits flat sand or mud bottoms.

Depth: 2-40 m.

Guatemala to Peru.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Freshwater
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 40