Hooknose Sole, Heteromycteris hartzfeldii (Bleeker 1853)

Other Names: Hartzfeld's Sole, Hook-nosed Sole

A Hooknose Sole, Heteromycteris hartzfeldii, at Garden Island, Davao Gulf, Philippines. Source: Blogie Robillo / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

A brown sole with irregular whitish lines and spots, and three rows of large black blotches or ocelli along the midline, and along the dorsal and ventral sides of the body.

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Hooknose Sole, Heteromycteris hartzfeldii (Bleeker 1853)

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Escape River, north Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the west Pacific - Indonesia and the Philippines. Inhabits sandy bottoms and slopes in sheltered bays and estuaries.


Dorsal fin 88-101; Anal fin 61-65; all dorsal and anal rays unbranched; Pectoral fins absent; Pelvic fin 5; Lateral line (eyed-side) 97-102.

Species Citation

Achirus hartzfeldii Bleeker 1853, Natuurk. Tijdschr. Nederland. Indië 4: 123. Type locality: Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Hooknose Sole, Heteromycteris hartzfeldii (Bleeker 1853)


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Bleeker, P. 1853. Derde bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van Amboina. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 4: 91-130.

Kuiter R.W. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Part 3. Jawfishes - Sunfishes, Opistognathidae - Molidae. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893.

Munro, I.S.R. 1967. The Fishes of New Guinea. Port Moresby : Dept. Agric. Stock Fish. 651 pp. 23 figs 84 pls. 

Munroe, T.A. 2001. Soleidae, Cynoglossidae. pp. 3878-3901 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218.

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CAAB Code:37462042

Depth:2-15 m

Habitat:Sandy areas/estuaries

Max Size:13 cm TL

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