Sole - Peltorhamphus novaezeelandiae

The New Zealand sole is a flounder found around New Zealand in shallow enclosed waters.

The New Zealand sole is a righteye flounder meaning it has both eyes on the right side of the head and lies on its left side. They swim by means of slight undulations of their fins and the outer edges of the body, keeping in contact with the bottom which it seems to slide along.

The New Zealand sole eats worms, small crustaceans and organic matter found on the sea floor. Sometimes flatfish and rays cover their prey and fold up a little to allow an escape route, right past their mouth which they can feel their prey's progress toward. Like all flounder it is a popular food fish. Flounder species are usually caught with set or drag nets but can be caught with a hook and line. They can also be speared at night with a light in clear water as they offer themselves as an easy target being flat.
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Sole Fish
Sole Fish