Bothus myriaster   (Temminck & Schlegal,  1846) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Pleuronectiformes
Family:Bothidae

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Description
Size: Maximum 20 cm

Color: Eyed side brownish, with numerous spots ringed with yellowish smaller spots; 2 or 3 diffuse dark blotches along lateral line.

Body oval and flat. Head profile concave above snout; both eyes on left side, separated by a wide space (larger than eye diameter in males); upper jaw contained about 3 or 4 times in head length; lower limb of anterior gill arch with 6 to 8 short rakers. Pelvic fin base of blind side much shorter than that of eyed side. Scales on eyed side cycloid (smooth), except at extreme upper and lower edges of body, where they are ctenoid (rough); scales on blind side cycloid; lateral line scales 72 to 108.


Synonym (s)
Bothus bleekeri Steindachner, 1861
Bothus ovalis (Regan, 1908)
Bothus thompsoni (Fowler, 1923)
Platophrys ovalis Regan, 1908
Platophrys thompsoni Fowler, 1923
Rhombus myriaster Temminck & Schlegel, 1846

Common Name (s)
• Oval Flounder (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or used in making fish meal.)
Cultured:  Unknown

Ecology
Habitat:  Demersal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic invertebrates

Biogeography


• Kerala INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
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