Peppered Sole, Aseraggodes lenisquamis Randall 2005

A Peppered Sole, Aseraggodes lenisquamis, in Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, October 2002. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

An pale brown to orange-brown sole with diffuse blackish blotches on the upper side (the three along lateral line and one above the first blotch the largest), numerous small, irregular, dark-edged whitish spots on the head and body, and greyish-brown fin rays with small dark-edged whitish spots and white ray tips.

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Peppered Sole, Aseraggodes lenisquamis Randall 2005

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Port Stephens to Bermagui, New South Wales. Inhabits sandy areas in bays and harbours.


Dorsal fin 62–70; Anal fin 46–52; both dorsal and anal-fin rays branched; Lateral-line scales 62–68, including 8–9 anterior to a vertical at upper end of gill opening; Vertebrae 36–38; Dorsal pterygiophores anterior to fourth neural spine 8–9.
Body depth 2.4–2.65 in SL; head short, head length 4.75–5.05 in SL; eye diameter 4.6–5.7 in HL; upper eye overlapping about anterior one-third to one-half of lower eye; interorbital space variable in width, the vertical distance separating eyes 7.3–13.7 in HL; lappet–like cirri on ventral edge of head, but not on front of snout; numerous cirri on opercular edge of gill opening on both sides; dense cirri over much of ventral part of head; exposed surface of scales overlaid with soft tissue; only tips of cirri visible at scale margins, capped with soft tissue; lateral-line scales with fleshy cirri, often one above and one below pore (cirri better developed on ocular than blind side); scattered other scales with a slender fleshy cirrus, often one from each corner of scale; membranous ridges of both sides of dorsal and anal rays with a conspicuous fringe of cirri, some of which are bifid; lateral line aligned with upper eye.
Longest dorsal ray 1.65–1.8 in HL; caudal peduncle absent; caudal fin rounded, its length 4.6–5.05 in SL; pelvic fins short, 1.8–2.2 in HL, the tip of longest ray reaching base of second anal ray.


Ocular side light brown, with scattered small dark brown blotches; rays of fins with small dark brown spots.


The specific name lenisquamis is from the Latin lenis (= soft, smooth) and squama (= scale), in reference to the distinctive scale structure of this species. The cteni of the scales are nearly covered by soft epidermal tissue, with only the tips exposed at the scale margin. 

Species Citation

Aseraggodes lenisquamis Randall 2005, Mem. Mus. Vic. 62(2): 201, fig.9. Type locality: Camp Cove, 33°50'S, 151°17'E, Sydney Harbor. New South Wales, Australia, depth 4 m.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Peppered Sole, Aseraggodes lenisquamis Randall 2005


Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp. (p. 391, upper figure, as Aseraggodes sp.)

Randall, J.E., Bogorodsky, S.V. & Mal, A.O. 2013. Four new soles (Pleuronectiformes: Soleidae) of the genus Aseraggodes from the western Indian Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation8: 1-17.

Randall, J.E. 2005. A review of soles of the genus Aseraggodes from the South Pacific, with descriptions of seven new species and a diagnosis of Synclidopus. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 62(2): 191-212. PDF Open access

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CAAB Code:37462040

Depth:4–10 m

Habitat:Sandy areas

Max Size:10 cm SL


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