Microstomus pacificus

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Microstomus pacificus
Microstomus pacificus.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Pleuronectidae
Genus: Microstomus
Species: M. pacificus
Binomial name
Microstomus pacificus
(Lockington, 1879)

Glyptocephalus pacificus Lockington, 1879

This article is about the Pacific Dover sole, not to be confused with the European common sole, often called the Dover sole.

The (Pacific) Dover sole (Microstomus pacific us), also called the slime sole or slippery sole, is a Pacific flatfish of the flounder family which ranges from Baja California to the Bering Sea. It takes its name from a resemblance to the common sole of Europe, which is often called Dover sole.

Pacific Dover sole can live for 45 years. The species was identified in proximity to a methane seep off the coast of Del Mar, Calif.[1] They spawn annually in the winter season in deep water between 800 and 1,000 m. Males begin to spawn at four years of age, while females begin to spawn at age five.

Use as food[edit]

Pacific Dover sole is generally sold whole, in steaks, or in fillets. The skin is generally removed before cooking, as it is slimy. It is mild-tasting, with firm flesh, though "not as mild as European Dover sole".[2] The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch lists Pacific Dover Sole from California, US West Coast, and Alaska fisheries as "Best Choice", with fish from British Columbia listed as a "Good Alternative" due to concerns over bycatch of overfished and otherwise at-risk species.[3]


  1. ^ Benjamin M. Grupe, Monika L. Krach, Alexis L. Pasulka., et al. (15 August 2015). "Methane seep ecosystem functions and services from a recently discovered southern California seep". Marine Ecology. Volume 36, Issue Supplement S1, pages 91–108, August 2015. DOI: 10.1111/maec.12243. Retrieved 14 September 2015.Wiley Online Library
  2. ^ Fishchoice Buying Guide
  3. ^ "Sole Recommendations: Sole, Dover". Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. Retrieved 29 July 2017.