Snakeskin Sole, Soleichthys serpenpellis Munroe & Menke 2004


Snakeskin Sole, Soleichthys serpenpellis. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A sole with six incomplete, diamond-shaped crossbands on the body that are widest in their mid-sections and wider than the pale interspaces. small brown spots scattered in the interspaces, three crossbands on the head, and two white spots in longitudinal series along the body midline.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Soleichthys serpenpellis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 Jan 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/1011

Snakeskin Sole, Soleichthys serpenpellis Munroe & Menke 2004

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Distribution

Endemic to the Dampier Archipelago, northwestern Australia, and the the Gulf of Carpentaria to SE of Mackay Queensland..

Features

Dorsal fin 76–84; Anal fin 64-71; Lateral line scales 83–95; Vertebrae 44–46.
Ocular side pectoral-fin with two elongated rays of nearly equal length or with the second fin ray longer than the first; small scales present on bases and proximal halves of elongated ocular-side pectoral-fin rays.

Colour

Eyed-side: six incomplete, diamond-shaped crossbands on body that are widest in their mid-sections and wider than the pale interspaces. small brown spots scattered in the interspaces, three crossbands on the head, and two white spots in longitudinal series along the body midline.

Similar Species

Differs from Soleichthys microcephalus and other species in the genus Soleichthys, in having fewer (about 6) and incomplete diamond-shaped crossbands that are broadest in their mid-sections, small, brown spots scattered in the pale interspaces, and in some of its meristic features.

Etymology

The specific name serpenpellis is from from the Latin serpen meaning 'snake' and pellis meaning 'skin', in reference to the distinctive ocular-side pigmentation pattern, on the eyed-side that is reminiscent of a snake-skin colour pattern. 

Species Citation

Soleichthys serpenpellis Munroe & Menke 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus. 56: 247-258. Type locality: Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, 12°-18°S, 139-143°E.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2018

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Snakeskin Sole, Soleichthys serpenpellis Munroe & Menke 2004

References


Muchhala, N. & Munroe, T.A. 2004. A new species of Soleichthys (Soleidae: Pleuronectiformes) from tropical seas off northern Australia. Ichthyological Research51: 57-62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-003-0196-0

Munroe, T.A. & Menke, S.B. 2004. Two new soleid flatfishes (Pleuronectiformes: Soleidae: Soleichthys) from Australian waters, with a re-description of Soleichthys microcephalus (Günther). Records of the Australian Museum 56: 247-258. DOI: 10.3853/j.0067-1975.56.2004.1430

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37462046

Depth:4-9 m

Habitat:Silty bottoms

Max Size:12.5 cm SL

Native:Endemic

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