Mimic Sole (Juvenile) (Soleichthys maculosus)

Also known as Flatfish, Flatfish Sole, Mimic Flatfish, Spotted Sole, White-blotched Sole, Tongue-fish.

Description

Also known as Flatfish, Flatfish Sole, Mimic Flatfish, Spotted Sole, White-blotched Sole, Tongue-fish.

Found singly partially buried in or on the sandy areas in shallow protected lagoons and seaward reefs. This highly compressed fish buries itself beneath the sand, exposing only its eye and tubular nostril, they moves extremely fast when disturbed and is difficult to detect when it resettles.
More active at night.
They feed on benthic fish and invertebrates.
Length - 9cm
Depth - 9-63m
Western Pacific - Australia

This flatfish mimics the Polycald Flatworm - Pseudoceros dimidiatus - http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/divided-flatworm/1273

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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/65230

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