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Gulf Flounder

Paralichthys albigutta


Illustration of a gulf flounder
  • 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) 


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


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