Cryptic Sole, Aseraggodes crypticus Randall & Allen 2007


Holotype of the Cryptic Sole, Aseraggodes crypticus, from Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, WAM P.28990-020. Source: Gerald R. Allen / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

Summary:

A rare mottled sole with a white, brown and black variegated pattern. This small sole is found only at the Australian Territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean.


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Bray, D.J. 2019, Aseraggodes crypticus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Sep 2021, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4784

Cryptic Sole, Aseraggodes crypticus Randall & Allen 2007

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Distribution

Known only from the Australian Territory of Christmas Island in the Eastern Indian Ocean.

Features

Dorsal fin 58-79; Anal fin 56-59, all dorsal and anal rays branched except for first few dorsal rays; Caudal fin 18 (16 branched); Pelvic fin 5; Pectoral fins absent; Lateral-line scales (eyed-side) 70-76, incl 8 anterior to upper end of gill cover; Vertebrae 37.

Head length 4.05-4.15 in SL; caudal peduncle absent; snout length 2.85-2.9 in head length; eye diameter 5.35- 5.9 in head length; interorbital space narrow, 12.4- 17.2 in head length; dorsal pterygiophores anterior to fourth neural spine 12-13; body depth 2.2-2.45 in SL; longest dorsal ray 1.6-1.7 in head length; caudal fin 4.15 in SL; pelvic fins not connected to anal fin or genital papilla, reaching base of third anal ray, 1.9-2.0 in head length; most scales of body with 10-12 cteni that project well beyond scale margin; ocular-side of snout fully scaled, the scales progressively smaller anteriorly, the cteni replaced anteriorly by small cirri.

Similar Species

The Cryptic Sole, which is endemic to Christmas Island (Indian Ocean), was previously confused with the Dappled Sole Aseraggodes melanostictus. A. crypticus differs in having branched dorsal and anal-fin rays (unbranched in A. melanostictus), and in lacking cirri along the edges of dorsal and anal-fin rays (present in A. melanostictus).

Etymology

The specific name crypticus is from the Greek 'krypto' meaning hide or conceal, in reference to the concealment provided by the very mottled colour pattern.

Species Citation

Aseraggodes crypticus Randall & Allen 2007, Rec. W. A. Mus. 24(1): 110, fig.1. Type locality: Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, 15-25m [10°26'S, 105°40'E]. 

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Cryptic Sole, Aseraggodes crypticus Randall & Allen 2007

References


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

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1979. The Fishes of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Aust. Natl. Parks Wldlf. Ser. Spec. Publ. 2. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service 81 pp. (as A. melanostictus)

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1988. Fishes of Christmas Island Indian Ocean. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 197 pp (as A. melanostictus)

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M.  2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2, 284 pp.

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 (as Aseraggodes melanostictus in part) http://doi.org/10.24199/j.mmv.2005.62.7, open access

Randall, J.E. & Allen, G. R. 2007. Aseraggodes crypticus, a new sole (Pleuronectiformes: Soleidae) from Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Records of the Western Australian Museum 24(1): 109-112 DOI: 10.18195/issn.0312-3162.24(1).2007.109-112, open access

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CAAB Code:37462056

Depth:15-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:5.8 cm TL

Native:Endemic (AUS EEZ)

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