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Species: Chascanopsetta danae, Angry Pelican Flounder

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body depth ~34% SL
top jaw 60% head, to just past lower eye
4-8 short, moveable gill rakers

Chascanopsetta danae Bruun, 1937

Angry Pelican Flounder

Body slender (depth ~34% SL), tapering; head ~23% SL, front profile smooth, little or no notch before upper eye; eyes on left side of head; eyes close-set, separated by < eye diameter; lower eye not before top eye; eye diameter 26% of head length; mouth very large, top jaw 60% head length, ends just behind rear edge of eye; teeth small, on both sides of both jaws; gill rakers short, moveable, 4-8; dorsal fin ~125, origin well before top eye; pectoral rays not branched; anal fin ~89; pectoral 14, 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 ~140.

Eye side pale brown, covered with small spots; 3 dark blotches on straight part of LL, center blotch largest, other two inconspicuous; peritoneum black.

Reaches 32.8 cm

Lives on deep soft bottoms.

Depth range: 160-585 m.

N Carolina to the central 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 non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 32.8
Depth Range Min
  • 160
Depth Range Max
  • 585