Mottled Flounder (Bothus maculiferus)

Also known as Maculated Flounder, Tropical Flounder

Description

Also known as Maculated Flounder, Tropical Flounder.

Found singly during the day over soft and hard bottoms, moving out in the open at night hunting for food over seagrass beds.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans and fish.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 0-45m
Widespread Western Central Atlantic, Caribbean

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/7529

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