Fringed Flounder (Etropus crossotus)

Also known as Fringed Flatfish, Sand Flounder

Description

Also known as Fringed Flatfish, Sand Flounder.

Found singly over mud and sandy bottoms in coastal waters and estuaries.
They feed on small fish and big benthic invertebrates.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 0-100m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Western 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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Etropus-crossotus.html

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