Soleichthys heterorhinos

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Soleichthys heterorhinos
Blue Edged Sole - Soleichthys heterorhinos.jpg
Soleichthys heterorhinos in Egypt under normal illumination
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Biofluorescence of Soleichthys heterorhinos
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Soleidae
Genus: Soleichthys
S. heterorhinos
Binomial name
Soleichthys heterorhinos
(Bleeker, 1856)
  • Solea heterorhinos Bleeker, 1856
  • Aesopia heterorhina (Bleeker, 1856)
  • Aesopia heterorhinos (Bleeker, 1856)
  • Aesopia multifasciata Kaup, 1858
  • Solea nigrostriolata Steindachner & Kner, 1870
  • Parophrys nigrostriolata (Steindachner & Kner, 1870)
  • Solea lineata Ramsay, 1883

Soleichthys heterorhinos is a sole from the Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a length of 18 cm.[2]

Soleichthys heterorhinos exhibits biofluorescence, that is, when illuminated by blue or ultraviolet light, it re-emits it as red, and appears differently than under white light illumination. Biofluorescence potentially assists intraspecific communication and camouflage.[3]


  1. ^ Munroe T (2016). "Soleichthys heterorhinos". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T69781901A69782132. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T69781901A69782132.en. Downloaded on 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2008). "Soleichthys heterorhinos" in FishBase. December 2008 version.
  3. ^ Sparks, John S.; Schelly, Robert C.; Smith, W. Leo; Davis, Matthew P.; Tchernov, Dan; Pieribone, Vincent A.; Gruber, David F. (2014). "The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence: A Phylogenetically Widespread and Phenotypically Variable Phenomenon". PLoS ONE. 9 (1): e83259. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083259. PMC 3885428. PMID 24421880.

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