Leopard Flounder (Bothus pantherinus)

Also known as Flatfish, Flounders, Panther Flounder.

Description

Also known as Flounders, Panther Flounder.


Found partially buried or out foraging for food over silty mud and sand bottoms of inner reef flats and seaward reefs.
They feed on benthic invertebrates.
Juveniles found in tide pools.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 3-150m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Named because the right eye has migrated to the left side of the body

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/1321

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