Catalog Number: USNM 51448
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Year Collected: 1900
Locality: Japan: Matushima B., Off Honshu Island, Kinkwasan Lt., N. 34 Deg. W., 79 Fms., Honshu, Japan, Pacific
Depth (m): 144 to 144
From 50 to 450 meters.
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
The slime flounder, Microstomus achne, is a kind of flatfish from the family Pleuronectidae. It is a demersal fish that lives on sand and mud bottoms at depths of between 15 and 800 metres (49 and 2,625 ft), though it is most commonly found between 20 and 610 metres (66 and 2,001 ft). Its native habitat is the temperate waters of the northwest Pacific, from the East China Sea to the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan, as far as Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. It reaches up to 60 centimetres (24 in) in length, and can weigh up to 1.76 kilograms (3.9 lb).
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