Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Pleuronectiformes
(Flatfishes) > Soleidae
Etymology: Bathysolea: Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, solea = sandal (shoe); refered to the flat shape of the fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range ? - 310 m (Ref. 12965). Deep-water
Western Indian Ocean: west coast of Madagascar.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26074)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 59 - 64;
Vertebrae: 43 - 44. Neural spine of second pre-caudal vertebra very long and curved anteriorly reaching to about one-half the length of the neurocranium; caudal fin entirely free from dorsal and anal fins, eyed side posterior nostril tube-like with a small pore opening just above labial groove. Pectoral fins filiform with less than four rays. Body pale brown in color with a variable number (3-5) of darker blotches along the body midline, along the dorsal fin (4-6) and the anal fin (3-5). More or less longitudinal rows of blotches are often observed on well-pigmented specimens. Branchial cavity and peritoneum darkly pigmented.
Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Desoutter, M. and F. Chapleau, 1997. Taxonomic status of Bathysolea profundicola and B. polli (Soleidae; Pleuronectiformes) with notes on the genus. Ichthyol. Res. 44(4):399-412. (Ref. 26074)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 12.2 - 18.5, mean 13.3 (based on 8 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01072 (0.00498 - 0.02308), b=3.07 (2.89 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .