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Pleuronectiformes  -  Paralichthyidae  -  Paralichthys  -  Paralichthys aestuarius

Paralichthys aestuarius

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  dark brown
LL arched

teeth = 1 row canines

gill rakers: 24-31
adult: eyeside scales smooth
D 75-85

A 57-67


Paralichthys aestuarius Gilbert & Scofield, 1898

Cortez halibut,     Cortez flounder

Body height 43-44% of SL; head length 27% of SL; eyes on left side, separated by a flat space without a ridge; mouth long, 50% of head length, ends under rear of eye; teeth are large canines, especially at front of mouth; 24-31 gill rakers; dorsal fin begins over upper eye,  72-85; anal fin 57-67; bases of pelvics symmetric; urinary papilla on eye side, immediately behind level of anus; lateral line scales 96-119; eye-side scales smooth (rough in juveniles), large fish with small accessory scales between larger body scales; blind side scales smooth; lateral line extending onto head, with branches to upper eye and below lower eye, strongly arched over pectoral fin.

Eye side pale chocolate brown, juveniles sometimes with ocelli; blind side pale.

Size: 58.3 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms, including estuaries.

Depth: 0-45 m.

Central Baja and the Gulf of California.

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