Small-mouth righteye flounder

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Small-mouth righteye flounder
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Pleuronectidae
Genus: Nematops
Species: N. microstoma
Binomial name
Nematops microstoma
Günther, 1880
Small-mouth righteye flounder distribution map.png
The two locations at which the small-mouth righteye flounder has been found - the Admiralty Islands and the Gilbert Islands

The small-mouth righteye flounder, Nematops microstoma, is a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. It is a demersal fish that lives on saltwater bottoms from depths of 304 metres (997 ft). Its natural habitat is the tropical waters of the southwest Pacific. It can grow up to 10 centimetres (3.9 in) in length.[1]

Range[edit]

As of 2011 the small-mouth righteye flounder has been discovered at only two locations, both in the southwest Pacific: the Admiralty Islands, where it was first described by Albert Günther in 1880, and the Gilbert Islands.[2]

Description[edit]

The large-scale right-eye flounder is, as its name suggests, a right-eyed flatfish. It has a slender body, 2.3 times long as it is wide, with a short pectoral fin.[1]

Diet[edit]

The diet of the large-scale right-eye flounder consists of small zoobenthos organisms.[1]

Nomenclature[edit]

The species name, microstoma, is derived from the Greek μικρὸς (mikros), meaning "small", and στόμα (stoma), meaning "mouth".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly (6 October 2010). "Nematops microstoma". Fishbase. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  2. ^ Voronina, E. P.; Evseenko, S. A. (2008). "Second finding of Nematops microstoma Günther, 1880 (Pleuronectiformes, Poecilopsettidae) in the equatorial pacific". Journal of Ichthyology. 48 (4): 479–484. doi:10.1134/S0032945208070023. Retrieved 2011-09-02.