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Species: Ancylopsetta microctenus, Gutherz’s flounder

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3 ocelli, rear one oval
blind side dark
eye-side pelvic <2X blind side fin
D rays: 1-2 short, 3-4 long, with fleshy tips
eye-side scales smooth to touch

Ancylopsetta microtenus Gutherz, 1966

Gutherz’s 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 9-11; dorsal fin origin ~over or slightly before top eye, 1st 2 rays short, next 2 long (longer than head in small fish), 5th slightly elongate, front rays without prominent fleshy projections at tips, dorsal rays 64-74, 32-36 rays between origin of fin and center of upper ocellus; pelvic fins symmetrically positioned on belly, short bases, eye-side fin less than twice as long as blind side fin, base of neither fin on body midline; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, fin larger on eye side; urinary papilla on eye-side, anus on blind side; lateral line well developed on both sides, strongly arched over pectoral fin, with a branch under lower eye; scales on eye side smooth to touch (but with tiny serrations).

Brown, 3 large ocelli in a triangle on eye side, rear ocellus oval, on lateral line just before tail base, centers of ocelli pale (with or without dark spots) then a dark ring, then a diffuse light surrounding area ; blind side dark, less obvious in large fish.

Reaches  24 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 180-300 m.

Western Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 24
Depth Range Min
  • 180
Depth Range Max
  • 300