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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Order Pleuronectiformes > Family Soleidae
Commerson's sole
Synaptura commersonnii
Family Soleidae
updated Oct 2013

Where seen? This large plain flatfish is sometimes seen on our Northern shores, on sandy areas near seagrasses.

Those seen about 20cm, grows to about 30cm long. Eyes on right side. Body elongated oval tapering towards the tail. The tail fin is joined to the dorsal and anal fins. Fins are dark with a conspicuous white outer margin. Body usually a plain brown or beige without any markings.

What does it eat? It hunts small animals living on the bottom of the sea, especially small crustaceans.

Human uses: It is economically important and marketed fresh, frozen and dried-salted.

Status and threats: It is not listed among the threatened animals of Singapore. But l
ike other creatures of the intertidal zone, it is affected by human activities such as reclamation and pollution. Over-fishing can also have an impact on local populations.

Changi, Aug 05

Big eyes and tentacles around the mouth.

Swallowing a very LOOONG worm.
Changi, Jul 07

Tail fin joined to the dorsal and anal fins.

Eyes on the right side.

Commerson's soles on Singapore shores

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