saltwater-FlounderGulf

Gulf Flounder: Paralichthys albigutta

Appearance:

  • Brown body color, with numerous spots and blotches
  • Three prominent dark, eyelike spots forming a triangle-shape (one spot on lateral line, one above and one below)
  • Numerous white spots scattered throughout body and fins
  • Belly is white or dusky
  • Strong canine-like teeth
  • Wedge-shaped tail, its tip in the middle

Similar Species: Southern flounder, P. lethostigma (has no eyelike spots; color pattern is key to distinguishing the two species) 

Size: Common to 14 inches (2 pounds) 

Habitat:

Inshore on sandy or mud bottoms, often ranging into tidal creeks. Occasionally caught on nearshore rocky reefs.

Behavior:

Right eye migrates over to left side early in life.

A bottom-dweller thought to spawn offshore.

Feeds on crustaceans and small fishes.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles



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