Sunier's Flounder, Samariscus sunieri Weber & de Beaufort 1929

Other Names: Suniers Righteye Flounder, Sunier's Righteye Flounder
A relatively small righteyed flounder with a long, slender, very compressed body and a very long pectoral fin that is about twice the length of the head. This species occurs both inside and outside the Great Barrier Reef.

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Sunier's Flounder, Samariscus sunieri Weber & de Beaufort 1929

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Known from tropical waters on the continental Shelf and upper slope off Dunk Island (Queensland) in 118-216 m. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the Western Pacific: Bali, Indonesia to Fiji.


Dorsal fin 70-76; Anal fin 54-61; Pectoral fin 5; Lateral-line scales 68-74; Vertebrae 9 + 31-32 = 40-41.


To 13 cm TL.


Carnivore - feeds on benthic invertebrates.


Of no interest to fisheries.


Not evaluated.


The species is named in honour of Dr. A.L.J. Sunier, Chief of the Laboratory for Marine Investigations at Batavia, the capital of the Dutch East Indies.

Species Citation

Samariscus sunieri Weber & de Beaufort, 1929, Fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago 5: 141. Type locality: Nikolas Bay, Bali, Indonesia, depth 108-162 m; north of Bali, Indonesia, depth 234-252 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


Atlas of Living Australia

Sunier's Flounder, Samariscus sunieri Weber & de Beaufort 1929


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37461031

Depth:118-216 m

Habitat:Soft sediment areas

Max Size:13 cm TL

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map