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Species: Chascanopsetta lugubris, Pelican Flounder

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body depth 25-33% SL
top jaw 70% head, to well past lower eye
gill rakers: 0 to 1-2 rudiments

Chascanopsetta lugubris Alcock, 1894

Pelican Flounder

Body slender (depth 25-33% SL), tapering; head length 20-25% SL, front profile concave, well developed notch before lower eye; eyes on left side of head; eyes close-set, separated by < eye diameter; lower eye not before top eye; eye diameter 24-28% head length; mouth very large, top jaw at least 70% head length, reaching well past rear edge of eye; teeth small, on both sides of both jaws; gill rakers absent to 1-2 rudiments; dorsal fin 114-122, origin well before top eye; pectoral rays not branched; anal fin 77-85; pectoral 14-17, eye side pectoral larger than blind side fin; eye-side pelvic fin with origin under lower eye, with much longer base, situated on body midline, its origin before that of blind-side; lateral line on eye side only, with distinct arch over eye side pectoral fin, no branch under lower eye; scales small, smooth, lateral line ~190.

Greyish to yellowish brown above, with/without numerous small dark spots; peritoneum black.

Reaches 35 cm.

Lives on deep soft bottoms.

Depth: 20-3210 m.

Both sides of Atlantic, and Indo-W Pacific; Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • 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
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 3210