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  • Hippoglossus olivaceus  Temminck & Schlegel, 1846: 184 (original description).
  • Rhombus wolffii  Bleeker, 1854: 421.
  • Platessa percocephala  Basilewsky, 1855: 245.
  • Pseudorhombus olivaceus  Günther, 1862: 429.
  • Pseudorhombus swinhonis  Günther, 1873: 379.
  • Chaenopsetta olivacea  Bleeker, 1873: 130.
  • Chaenopsetta wolffii  Bleeker, 1879: 21.
  • Paralichthys olivaceus var. coreanicus  Schmidt, 1904: 230.
  • Paralichthys coreanicus  Jordan & Starks, 1906: 181.
    FAO Names
    En - Bastard halibut, Fr - Cardeau hirame, Sp - Falso halibut del Japón.
    3Alpha Code: BAH     Taxonomic Code: 1830804601
    Diagnostic Features
    Body elongated and deep. Mout large; maxillary extending beyond posterior margin of lower eye.  Teeth on both jaws uniserial, strong and canine like. Interorbital flattish, its width about ½ of eye diameter.  Scales very small; lateral line with 107-120 scales.  Total gillrakers on first arch 6 + 15-18.  Dorsal rays 77-81. Anal rays 59-61. Pectoral rays 12-13 (ocular side), middle rays branched on both sides.  Vertebrae 11 + 27.  Colour greyish or brownish, speckled and spoted with dark brown, the spots sometimes arranged in rings or half rings; body often with numerous small white spots; median fins mottled and spotted with darker; pectoral sometimes with irregular dark cross-bars. 
    Geographical Distribution

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    Western Pacific Ocean from the Kuril Islands, Japan to the South China Sea.
    Habitat and Biology
    Benthic, lives mainly on sandy bottoms,from a few meters to about 150 m.Feeds mainly on crustaceans, molluscs, worms and small fishes.
    Attains about 80 cm standard length.
    Interest to Fisheries
    An important Japanese food-fish, which attains a large size. Most highly prized of the Japanese flounders. Caught with bottom trawls and other nets. The most common fishing techniques are "demersal bottom trawling" and "groundfish longlining". The total catch reported for this species to FAO for 1999 was 8 877 t. The countries with the largest catches were Japan (7 198 t) and Korea, Republic of (1 679 t).
    Local Names
    Dutch : Zomervogel .
    English : Bastard halibut ,  False halibut ,  Olive flounder .
    French : Cardeau hirame .
    Japanese : Hirame .
    Spanish : Lenguado del Pacífico noroccidental .
    Amaoka, K. - 1984 Paralichthyidae. In: H. Masuda; K. Amaoka; C. Araga; T. Uyeno; T. Yoshino (eds.). The Fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Tokai. Univ. Press. 346-347.
    Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2003. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org (WWW Work D. A. Gee).
    Norman, J. R. - 1934A systematic monograph of the flatfishes (Heterosomata). Vol. I: London: 459 pp.
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