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Species: Etropus cyclosquamus, Shelf flounder

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body deep
4-6 dark rings above & below LL
lower gill rakers 3-6
LL straight
scales: + accessory, snout - not before nostrils, blind side smooth

Etropus cyclosquamus Leslie & Stewart, 1986

Shelf flounder

Body a deep oval; head short, pointed; space between eyes narrow, with a low ridge; mouth small (<1/3 head length); lower jaws not symmetrical, jaws on blind side arched; teeth small, most on blind side, 1 row on each jaw, none enlarged; 4-8+ 3-6 short, stout gill rakers; dorsal fin rays 75-87; anal fin rays 58-68; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, 10 rays; pelvic fins symmetrically positioned on belly, base of eye-side fin on body midline, short bases; lateral line well developed on both sides, straight, no branch under lower eye; body with large accessory scales that cover 3/4 of main scales; snout scaled, with 0 (rarely 1-2) scales before nostrils, snout scales with simple teeth; main scales on eye side rough, on blind side smooth; 36-45 lateral line scales.

Usually a row of 4-6 small dark circles above and below lateral line.

Size: to 11.5 cm.

Inhabits soft mud and sand bottoms.

Depth: 10-36 m.

North Carolina to the northern Gulf of Mexico.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11.5
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 36