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Soleichthys microcephalus Smallhead Sole, Small-head Sole, Small-headed Sole

Soleichthys microcephalusis commonly referred to as Smallhead Sole, Small-head Sole, Small-headed Sole. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.


Profilbild Urheber John Turnbull, Marine Explorer, Australien

Foto: Clifton Gardens, Sydney, New South Wales, Australien


Courtesy of the author John Turnbull, Marine Explorer, Australien . Please visit www.flickr.com for more information.

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lexID:
14111 
AphiaID:
282822 
Scientific:
Soleichthys microcephalus 
German:
Schmalkopf-Seezunge 
English:
Smallhead Sole, Small-head Sole, Small-headed Sole 
Category:
Flounders & Soles 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopteri (Class) > Pleuronectiformes (Order) > Soleidae (Family) > Soleichthys (Genus) > microcephalus (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Günther, ), 1862 
Occurrence:
Endemic species, New South Wales (Australia), Queensland (Australia), Tasman Sea 
Sea depth:
3 - 43 Meter 
Size:
up to 8.66" (22 cm) 
Temperature:
67.46 °F - 72.5 °F (19.7°C - 22.5°C) 
Food:
Crustacean larvae , Crustaceans, Echinoderm larvae, Invertebrates, Worms, Zoobenthos 
Difficulty:
There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2021-09-22 08:30:37 

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Very special thanks for his photo of Soleichthys microcephalus to John Turnbull, Australia

Soleichthys microcephalus is a rather colorfully banded sole with 11-13 dark brown to blackish transverse bands on the head and body that are wider than the alternating lighter bands, as well as two conspicuous white spots on the midline and a blue and black margin on the dorsal, anal and caudal fins.

The brightly colored juveniles are whitish with black and orange fin margins, mimicking a type of flatworm in both color and undulating movement for protection.

on muddy bottoms in estuaries, harbors and in
The lesser sole is known only from the harbors and estuaries and coastal waters of New South Wales, although the Atlas of Living Australia indicates occurrences in Queensland.
Rudie H. Kuiter confirmed by email on 9/22/2021 that the sole was able to reach Bundaberg in the Australian state of Queensland.

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