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Lyopsetta exilis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PLEURONECTIFORMES PLEURONECTIDAE

Scientific Name: Lyopsetta exilis
Species Authority: (Jordan & Gilbert 1880)
Common Name/s:
English Slender Sole
Spanish Platija Delgada, Platija Flaca
Synonym/s:
Eopsetta exilis (Jordan & Gilbert 1880)
Hippoglossoides exilis Jordan & Gilbert 1880

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor/s: Munroe, T.A.
Reviewer/s: Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor/s: De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P. & Smith, J. and Livingston, F.
Justification:
The Slender Sole (Lyopsetta exilis) has been assessed as Least Concern due to its wide distribution and abundance.  Although harvested by the commercial fishing industry, this is not considered a major threat to this species at present.  Continued monitoring of the population size and harvest levels of this species is needed to ensure a threat category is not triggered in the future.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Slender Sole (Lyopsetta exilis) is distributed from southeastern Alaska to the centre of Baja California, Mexico.
Countries:
Native:
Canada; Mexico; United States (Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northeast
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Population [top]

Population: The Slender Sole is considered relatively abundant in areas of its range, including along the Oregon coast (Doyle et al. 2002).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The Slender Sole is a benthic species found to occur on the continental shelf in deeper waters of the slope, or in rocky areas (Doyle et al. 2002).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The Slender Sole has some commercial value, but does not seem to be harvested in large quantities due to its small size.  Harvesting of this species is not considered a major threat at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for the Slender Sole, however its distribution may coincide with a number of marine protected area designations including the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park off Vancouver Island.  Continued monitoring of the population numbers and harvest levels of this species is needed.
Citation: Munroe, T.A. 2010. Lyopsetta exilis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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