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Fish of the Week - Gulf Flounder
Body color brown, its shade depending on color of bottom, with numerous spots and blotches.
3 prominent eye-like spots forming a triangle.
One spot on lateral line, one above, one below.
Numerous white spots scattered over body and fins.
Strong canine-like teeth.
Caudal fin in shape of wedge, its tip in the middle.
Similar Fish: Southern flounder, P. lethostigma (no eye-like spots).
Size: Common to 2 pounds, generally smaller than southern flounder.
Habitat: Inshore on sandy or mud bottoms, often ranging into tidal creeks; occasionally caught on nearshore rocky reefs.
Notes: Hatches into usual fish form, but right eye migrates over to left side early in life; a bottom dweller; thought to spawn offshore; feeds on crustaceans and small fishes.
Art © Diane Rome Peebles
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