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Species: Etropus rimosus, Gray Flounder

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body deep
lower gill rakers 3-6
LL straight, 3 indistinct blotches
scales: + accessories, snout to before nostrils, blind side rough

Etropus rimosus Goode & Bean, 1885

Gray Flounder

Body a deep oval; head short, pointed; space between eyes very narrow, with a strongly elevated ridge; mouth very small; lower jaws not symmetrical, jaws on blind side arched; teeth small, in a single series on each jaw, concentrated on blind side of upper jaw; gill rakers short and stout, 5-8 + 3-6; dorsal rays 70-83; anal rays 53-56; pelvics symmetrically positioned on belly, base of eye-side fin on body midline, short bases; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, rays 10; 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 with scales before level of nostrils, teeth on those scales highly modified, especially in large males; main scales on blind side rough; 36-45 lateral line scales.

Mid-brown body and fins; lateral line with 3 dark obscure blotches.

Size: to 13 cm.

Inhabits soft mud and sand bottoms.

Depth: 7-190 m.

North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico.

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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
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 7
Depth Range Max
  • 190