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Gulf Flounder

Paralichthys albigutta

Description: 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 (albigutta, white spotted); 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; color pattern is key to distinguishing the two species.

Where Found: Inshore on sandy or mud bottoms, often ranging into tidal creeks; occasionally caught on nearshore rocky reefs.

Size: Common to 2 pounds, generally smaller than southern flounder.

Remarks: 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.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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