Spiny Flounder (Engyophrys senta)

Also known as American Spiny Flounder, Flounder, Platefish, Solefish

Description

Also known as American Spiny Flounder, Flounder, Platefish, Solefish.

Found singly over soft rock and sand bottoms of coastal reefs.
They feed on benthic crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 20-200m
Widespread Western 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/4220

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