Also known as Aesop Sole, Blacktip Sole, Blue-edged Sole, Flatfish Sole, Tiger Sole, Tonguefish.
Found singly over protected shallow sandy areas of lagoons and seaward reefs buried beneath the sand, exposing only its eye and tubular nostril. Moves extremely fast when disturbed and is difficult to detect when it resettles.
They feed nocturnally on small crustaceans.
Length - 18cm
Depth - 0-10m
Widespread Eastern Indian Ocean, Western Pacific
Flatfish, Soles and Flounders are placed in their families by location of their eyes. Their are both left eye and right eye dominant families.
Flatfish bury themselves in sand to hide from predators and use their eyes as periscopes as these can rotate 180 degrees.
During pelagic larval stage these fish are not flat but become so as they grow, their bodies flatten, and one eye migrates across the head next to the other eye.