Rhombosolea tapirina Günther, 1862
Greenback flounder
photo by CSIRO

Family:  Rhombosoleidae (South Pacific flounders)
Max. size:  45 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 100 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean and Southwest Pacific: south coast of Australia; New Zealand (Ref. 5755).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 56-69; Anal soft rays: 40-50. Body deep (47-60% SL). Snout slightly extended into fleshy process projecting more or less in front of oblique mouth. Scales very small, rather firmly attached; cycloid on both sides, covering head except well anteriorly. Caudal fin rays 14 -17 (Ref. 33839).
Biology:  Common on silty sand substrates from estuaries and inshore waters down to 100 m depth. Juveniles occasionally entering rivers.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 03.03.94
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 03.09.19
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 08.08.94

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