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Species: Trichopsetta caribbaea, Caribbean Flounder

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

D 95-103
A 75-82
each body profile: 4-6 dark semicircles/spots
LL arched, 69-79

Trichopsetta caribbaea Anderson & Gutherz, 1967

Caribbean Flounder

Body oval; snout concave on upper side; eyes on left side of head, close together, with a spineless crest between them; mouth moderate length, ends under middle of eye, 32-45% of head length; teeth small, pointed, almost entirely on blind side jaws; 9-11 long, slender lower gill rakers; dorsal origin in front of top eye, dorsal rays 95-103; anal rays 75-82; pectoral fin on both sides, rays not branched, eye-side fin shorter than blind-side fin; eye side pelvic with base about equal to that of blind side fin, situated on body midline, its origin slightly behind that of blind side fin and well behind lower eye; lateral line on eye side only, strongly arched above the pectoral, no branch under lower eye; 69-79 lateral line scales.

Brown; 4-6 dark semicircular marks or spots along upper and lower body profiles; several dark spots along lateral line.

Reaches 20 cm.

Soft bottoms.

Depth range: 70-387 m.

The central Caribbean to Suriname.

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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)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 70
Depth Range Max
  • 387