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Species: Ancylopsetta dilecta, Three-eye Flounder

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D: 1st ray short, next 3 long, front rays - fleshy tips
3 ocelli, 38-46 D rays to center top ocellus
ocelli - outer white ring
pelvics: eye-side 2X length blind side
eye-side scales rough to touch
LL arched

Ancylopsetta dilecta (Goode & Bean, 1883)

Three-eye 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 3 long, then decrease in size through 6th-7th ray, front rays with prominent fleshy projections at tips, dorsal rays 68-79, 38-46 rays between origin of fin and center of upper ocellus; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, larger on eye side; pelvics symmetrically positioned on belly, short bases, eye-side fin about twice as long as blind side fin, base of neither fin on body midline; urinary papilla on eyed-side, anus on blind side; lateral line well developed on both sides, strongly arched over pectoral fin, branch under lower eye; scales on eye side rough, serrations well developed.

Brown; 3 large ocelli in a triangle on eye side, rear ocellus is on lateral line just before tail base; ocelli have thin white rings in black outer ring; blind side uniform pale.

Reaches 25 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 50-370 m.

North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico, also in Brazil.

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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
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 25
Depth Range Min
  • 50
Depth Range Max
  • 370