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Psettichthys melanostictus (Pacific sand sole; Sand sole)

Synonyms: Psettichthys melanosticus
Language: French; Mandarin Chinese; Polish; Russian; Salish

Wikipedia Abstract

The Pacific sand sole, Psettichthys melanostictus, is the only fish in the genus, Psettichthys, in the, Pleuronectidae, family. It is a flatfish and inhabits northeastern Pacific waters where it lives on sandy bottoms.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary   California, United States
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve II 366714 British Columbia, Canada

Prey / Diet

Anchoa spinifer (Spicule anchovy)[1]
Archaeomysis grebnitzkii[2]
Citharichthys stigmaeus (Speckled sanddab)[1]
Exacanthomysis davisi[3]
Lissocrangon stylirostris (smooth bay shrimp)[2]
Neomysis awatschensis[2]
Neomysis rayii[2]
Pandalus danae (dock shrimp)[2]
Psettichthys melanostictus (Pacific sand sole)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Ascelichthys rhodorus (Rosylip sculpin)1
Citharichthys stigmaeus (Speckled sanddab)1
Leptocottus armatus (Cabezon)3
Limanda aspera (Yellowfin sole)1
Metacarcinus magister (Dungeness crab)1
Myoxocephalus brandtii1
Pholidapus dybowskii1
Pholis crassispina (Spotted gunnel)1
Podothecus accipenserinus (Sturgeon-like sea-poacher)1
Sebastes caurinus (Copper rockfish)1
Sebastes flavidus (Yellowtail rockfish)1
Sebastes maliger (Rockfish)1
Spirinchus thaleichthys (Sacramento smelt)1


Aequorea victoria (Water jellyfish)[1]
Atheresthes stomias (Turbot)[4]
Eumetopias jubatus (Steller Sea Lion)[1]
Oncorhynchus kisutch (coho salmon or silver salmon)[1]
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (chinook salmon or king salmon)[1]
Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)[1]
Psettichthys melanostictus (Pacific sand sole)[1]
Sebastes flavidus (Yellowtail rockfish)[1]
Sebastes melanops (Black bass)[1]
Squalus acanthias (Common spiny)[1]
Trachurus symmetricus (Scad)[4]


Alaska (USA); California Current; Canada; Eastern Pacific: Bering Sea coast of Alaska, near the Aleutian Islands (Ref. 27436) to Redondo Beach, southern California, USA.; Gulf of Alaska; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Northwest; USA (contiguous states); West Bering Sea;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979
3Trophic Ecology of the Dominant Fishes in Elkhorn Slough, California, 1974-1980, JAMES P. BARRY, MARY M. YOKLAVICH, GREGOR M. CAILLIET, DAVID A. AMBROSE, BROOKE S. ANTRIM, Estuaries Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 115-138, March 1996
4Szoboszlai AI, Thayer JA, Wood SA, Sydeman WJ, Koehn LE (2015) Forage species in predator diets: synthesis of data from the California Current. Ecological Informatics 29(1): 45-56. Szoboszlai AI, Thayer JA, Wood SA, Sydeman WJ, Koehn LE (2015) Data from: Forage species in predator diets: synthesis of data from the California Current. Dryad Digital Repository.
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