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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > fishes > Order Pleuronectiformes > Family Soleidae
Ovate sole
Solea ovata
Family Soleidae
updated Oct 2019

Where seen? This small flat fish is commonly seen on Changi, in sandy areas near seagrasses.

To about 9cm long, those seen 4-5cm. Eyes on right side. Small, highly curved mouth. Body oval and very flat. Tail fin joined to the dorsal and anal fins only at the base. Dark pectoral fin. Sand-coloured with speckles and spots.

What does it eat? It hunts small animals that live on the sea bottom especially crustaceans.

Human uses: Large specimens are economically important and sold 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, May 05

Eyes on the right side.

Tail fin separate from
the dorsal and anal fins.

Ovate soles on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

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