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Species: Ancylopsetta antillarum, Antilles Flounder

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3 ocelli, 29-34 D rays to center top ocellus
blind side dusky
eye-side scales rough to touch
D: rays 1-2 short, 3-5 long (no fleshy tips), rest short

Ancylopsetta antillarum Gutherz, 1966

Antilles Flounder

Body deep; eyes on left side; upper margin of head concave before eye; teeth small, conical, 1 row on jaws, equally developed on blind and eyed sides; lower gill rakers 8-12; dorsal fin origin ~over or slightly before top eye, 1st 2 rays short, next 3 long (may be longer or shorter than head), then succeeding rays short, of uniform size, front rays without prominent fleshy projections at tips, dorsal rays 62-72, 29-34 rays between origin of fin and center of upper ocellus; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, larger on eye side; pelvics symmetrically positioned on belly, short bases, eye-side fin about twice as long as blind side fin, base of neither fin on body midline; urinary papilla on eyed-side, anus on blind side; lateral line well developed on both sides, strongly arched over pectoral fin, branch under lower eye; scales on eye side rough to touch, serrations well developed.

Brown; 3 large ocelli in a triangle on eye side in adult (not ocellated in small fish), rear ocellus, rectangular, on lateral line just before tail base; ocelli have thin pale rings around black outer ring; blind side dark, although less obvious in big fish.

Reaches 36 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 200-458 m.

Bahamas to the northwest and east Caribbean.

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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
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 36
Depth Range Min
  • 200
Depth Range Max
  • 458