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Overview
Main identification features
  • eyes: right side
  • lateral linestraight, unbranched
  • preopercler border hidden
  • pelvics not fused to anal fin
FAMILY SOLEIDAE

SOLES

Soles have their eyes on the right side; the margin of the preoperculum is completely concealed under skin; their dorsal and anal fins are free from the tail (in the eastern Pacific representative); the pelvic fins are not joined to the anal fin; there are no pectoral fins in the eastern Pacific species; the lateral line is straight and unbranched.

This family, which contains over 27 genera and about 106 species worldwide in tropical to temperate areas, has a single representative of a Pacific genus in the tropical eastern Pacific.


References
  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versión 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .  Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservación Internacional.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2., FAO3:1201-1813.
  • Grove , J.S. and Lavenberg, R. J., 1997., The fishes of the Galápagos islands., Stanford University Press:863 pp.
  • Nelson, J.S., 1984., Fishes of the World (Third edition)., John Wiley and Sons:523pp.
  • Seale, A., 1940., Report on fishes from Allan Hancock expeditions in the California Academy of Sciences., Allan Hancock Pacific Expeditions, 9:1-46.

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