Paralichthys adspersus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Paralichthys adspersus
Species Authority: (Steindachner 1867)
Common Name(s):
English Fine flounder
Spanish Lenguado, Lenguado fino
Hippoglossus kingii Jenyns 1842
Pseudorhombus adspersus Steindachner 1867

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-05-02
Assessor(s): Nielsen, J.G., Munroe, T., Tyler, J. & Bussing, W.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
This species is widespread throughout the southeastern Pacific. It has no major threats and can be found in Marine Protected Areas. Therefore, this species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This southeastern Pacific species is found from Ecuador to Chile.
Argentina; Chile; Ecuador; Peru
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Adults of this species inhabit soft substrata on the continental shelf, whereas juveniles occur in shallower waters including estuaries and mangrove habitats. It feeds on mobile invertebrates and fishes (Medina et al. 2004). This species is found at depths to 35 m.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. This is an important in commercial fisheries in Chile (Pequeno 1989).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species specific conservation measures. However, this species' distribution is included in a number of Marine Protected Areas in the Humboldt Current region.

Citation: Nielsen, J.G., Munroe, T., Tyler, J. & Bussing, W. 2010. Paralichthys adspersus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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