Slender sole

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Slender sole
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Pleuronectidae
Genus: Lyopsetta
D. S. Jordan & D. K. Goss, 1885
Species: L. exilis
Binomial name
Lyopsetta exilis
(D. S. Jordan & C. H. Gilbert, 1880)
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Distribution of the slender sole

The slender sole, Lyopsetta exilis, is a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. It is a demersal fish that lives on bottoms near rocky areas at depths of between 25 and 800 metres (82 and 2,625 ft). Its native habitat is the eastern Pacific coast, from the mouth of the Alsek River in Alaska in the north to Isla Cedros in Baja California, Mexico in the south. It can reach up to 35 centimetres (14 in) in length.[1][2]


The slender sole's diet consists of zoobenthos crustaceans such as krill, mysids, amphipods and shrimps, as well as marine worms and some fish.[3]

Commercial fishing[edit]

The slender sole is harvested by the commercial fishing industry, and is considered to be a good food fish, but it is not landed in significant quantities due to its small size.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Lyopsetta exilis". IUCN Red List. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly (5 June 2009). "Lyopsetta exilis". Fishbase. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  3. ^ Sempier, Stephen (2003). "Slender Sole". Marine Species With Aquaculture Potential. Hatfield Marine Science Center. Archived from the original on 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2011-08-03.