Flatfish and White-margined Sole
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Also known as Flatfish and White-margined Sole.
Found singly and nocturnally, on sandy areas of lagoons and seaward reefs. During the day they are buried in the sand.
Both eyes are on the right-hand side.
They feed on small fish, invertebrates and worms.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 4-50m
Widespread Indo-Asian Pacific
Flatfish, Soles and Flounders are placed in their families by location of their eyes. Their are both left eye and right eye dominant families.
Flatfish bury themselves in sand to hide from predators and use their eyes as periscopes as these can rotate 180 degrees.
During pelagic larval stage these fish are not flat but become so as they grow, their bodies flatten, and one eye migrates across the head next to the other eye.
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