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Species: Ancylopsetta quadrocellata, Ocellated Flounder

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front D rays slightly elongate, no fleshy tips
4 ocelli, pale centers
blind side white
eye-side pelvic - no ocellus at tip
LL arched

Ancylopsetta quadrocellata Gill, 1865

Ocellated 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, front rays slightly longer than succeeding rays, but without fleshy projections at tips; dorsal rays 67-76; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays; pelvics symmetrically positioned on belly, base of neither fin on body midline, eye-side fin longer than blind side fin, inner rays of eye-side fin not extensively branched; pectoral larger on eye side; 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 rough on eye side.

Brown; 4 large ocelli on eye side – 1 above arch of pectoral fin, 3 in a triangle on eye side, rear ocellus is on lateral line; centers of ocelli whitish; blind side whitish; no ocellus on pelvic tip.

Reaches 25 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 1-165 m.

N Carolina to Campeche bank, 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 only
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • 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
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 165