Mottled Sole, Pardachirus rautheri (Chabanaud 1931)

Other Names: Rauther's Sole

Mottled Sole, Pardachirus rautheri. Source: Queensland Museum / Atlas of Living Australia. License: CC By Attribution

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Mottled Sole, Pardachirus rautheri (Chabanaud 1931)

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Prince Regent River, Kimberley Region, Western Australia, to the Boyne River, Gladstone, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in Papua New Guinea.
Inhabits brackish and estuarine areas of northern Australia.

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This species was previously considered to be a synonym of Pardachirus hedleyi or P. poropterus.


Named in honor of zoologist Max Rauther, Director, Württemberg Natural History Collection (now Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany), who made type specimen available and translated Chabanaud’s description into German. (

Species Citation

Achirus rautheri Chabanaud 1931, Zoologischer Anzeiger 93: 95, figs.1-10. Type locality: Darwin, Northern Territory, 12°28'S, 130°50'E.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Mottled Sole, Pardachirus rautheri (Chabanaud 1931)


Allen, G.R. 1975. A preliminary checklist of the fresh-water fishes of the Prince Regent River Reserve, North-West Kimberley, Western Australia. Wildlife Research Bulletin 3(8): 89-96 figs 1-12 (misindentified as Aseraggodes klunzingeri)

Chabanaud, P. 1931. Beschreibung eines neuen Achirus Lac. (Pisces Soleidae, Soleinae) von Nordaustralien. Zoologischer Anzeiger 93: 95-102 

Larson, H.K. & Williams, R.S. 1997. Darwin Harbour fishes: a survey and annotated checklist. pp. 339-380 in Hanley, H.R., Caswell, G., Megirian, D. & Larson, H.K. (eds). The Marine Flora and Fauna of Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Marine Biology Workshop. Darwin : Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 466 pp. 

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Moore, G.I., Morrison, S.M., Hutchins, J.B., Allen, G.R. & Sampey, A. 2014. Kimberley marine biota. Historical data: fishes. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 84: 116-206 DOI 10.18195/issn.0313-122x.84.2014.161-206, open access

Morgan, D.L., Allen, G.R., Pusey, B.J. & Burrows, D.W. 2011. A review of the freshwater fishes of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Zootaxa 2816: 1-64 

Randall, J.E. & Johnson, J.W. 2007. Revision of the soleid fish genus Pardachirus. Indo-Pacific Fishes 39: 1-22

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 (as Normanetta rautheri)

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CAAB Code:37462030

Depth:1-8 m


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