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Rock Sole Pleuronectes bilineatus (Lepidopsetta bilineatus)


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Rock Sole
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Family: Pleuronectidae, Righteye Flounders view all from this family

Description The rock sole, Lepidopsetta bilineata, is a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. It is a demersal fish that lives on sand and gravel bottoms at depths of up to 575 metres (1,886 ft), though it is most commonly found between 0 and 183 metres (0 and 600 ft). Its native habitat is the temperate waters of the northern Pacific, from Baja California to Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and southeastern parts of the Bering Sea. It grows up to 60 centimetres (24 in) in length and can weigh up to 1.8 kilograms (4.0 lb), and has a maximum recorded lifespan of 22 years.

The rock sole is a right-eyed flounder. Its upper surface is grey to olive to dark brown or black, lighter or darker mottling, and is sometimes marked with yellow or red spots; the underside is light. Its dorsal and anal fins have dark blotches or bars, and near the tail fins may be yellowish. The caudal fin is convex - rounded or broadly v-shaped. It has a small mouth with fleshy lips, and teeth are more strongly developed on the underside.

Dimensions Up to 24" (61 cm).

Habitat Ocean or bay shallows.

Range California, Northwest, Western Canada, Alaska.