Wide-eyed Flounder (Bothus podas)

Also known as Platefish, Solefish


Also known as Platefish, Solefish.

Found singly, over shallow mud and sandy bottoms of the continental shelf.
They feed on small benthic fish and invertebrates.
Length - 45cm
Depth - 15-400m
Widespread Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean

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/207


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