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Species: Trichopsetta ventralis, Sash Flounder

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D 89-95; A 69-75
dark blotch -front straight LL
dark spot: LL origin & pectoral base
male A: front dark blotch
male: blind side pelvic - v long rays
LL arched, 63-68

Trichopsetta ventralis (Goode & Bean, 1885)

Sash Flounder

Body oval, depth 42-49% of SL; eyes on left side of head, close together, with a spineless crest between them; snout concave on upper side; mouth moderate, ends under middle of eye, ~41% of head length; teeth small, pointed, almost entirely on blind side jaws; 9-11 moderately long, slender lower gill rakers; dorsal rays 89-95; dorsal origin in front of top eye; anal rays 69-75; pectoral fin on both sides, rays not branched, eye side fin shorter than blind side fin; eye side pelvic fin 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, blind side fin of male with very long rays; lateral line on eye side only, strongly arched above the pectoral, no branch under lower eye; 63-68 lateral line scales.

Brown; a small dark spot at beginning of lateral line, another on front of pectoral base; a dark blotch at front of straight part of lateral line; front of anal fin of male with dark blotch.

Reaches 20 cm.

Soft bottoms.

Depth range: 30-626 m.

The Gulf of Mexico, the E Caribbean to Brazil.

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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
  • Island (s)
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 30
Depth Range Max
  • 626