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Species: Ancylopsetta cycloidea, Cyclope Flounder

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D rays: 1st short, 2-4 long, 1-6 with- fleshy tips
3 ocelli
blind side pale
pelvics: eye-side > / < 2X length blind side
eye-side scales smooth to touch
LL arched

Ancylopsetta cycloidea Tyler, 1959

Cyclope Flounder

Body deep; eyes on left side; upper margin of head concave before eye; teeth small, conical, 1 row on jaws, equally developed on blind and eyed sides; lower gill rakers 6-9; dorsal fin origin ~over or slightly before top eye, 1st ray short, next 2 long, front 6 rays with prominent fleshy projections at tips, dorsal rays 62-84; pelvic fins symmetrically positioned on belly, short bases, eye-side fin more or less than twice as long as blind side fin, base of neither fin on body midline; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, fin larger on eye side; urinary papilla on eye-side, anus on blind side; lateral line well developed on both sides, strongly arched over pectoral fin, with a branch under lower eye; scales on eye side smooth to touch (but with tiny serrations).

Brown, 3 large ocelli in a triangle on eye side, rear ocellus is on lateral line just before tail base; blind side pale.

Reaches 25 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 70-304 m.

Honduras to Guyana.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 25
Depth Range Min
  • 70
Depth Range Max
  • 304