Species: Chascanopsetta lugubris, Pelican flounder
top jaw 70% head, to well past lower eye
gill rakers: 0 to 1-2 rudiments
Chascanopsetta lugubris Alcock, 1894
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: 120-1000 m.
Both sides of Atlantic, and Indo-W Pacific; Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.
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- Marine Only
- Inshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Soft bottom only
- FishBase Habitat
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Bony fishes
- Egg Type
- Pelagic larva
- Global Endemism
- All species.
- Greater Caribbean non-endemic
- Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
- Regional Endemism
- GC non-endemic
- Also in Brazil
- Extends South of GC
- All species..
- Climate Zone
- Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
- Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
- Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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