Bothus myriaster (Temminck & Schlegel, 1846)
Indo-Pacific oval flounder
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Bothidae (Lefteye flounders)
Max. size:  27 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 155 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: definitely recorded from Inhambane, Mozambique; throughout the Indian Ocean to Java, Sumatra, Viet Nam, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Lord Howe Island (Ref. 9824).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 87-97; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 61-73. Distinguished by cycloid scales on the ocular side, except for upper and lower margins of body, and a shorter lower jaw (2.3 to 2.9 times in head length). Body almost circular in shape in young, becoming ovate with growth.
Biology:  Rare species (Ref. 9824). Found in sandy and muddy areas of the continental shelf (Ref. 5213). Feeds on benthic animals (Ref. 9824). Most sexually dimorphic characters develop at about 8 cm SL (Ref. 9824). Marketed fresh or used in making fish meal (Ref. 9824).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 November 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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