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Species: Trichopsetta orbisulcus, Furrowed Sash Flounder

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head: 2 black grooves
pectorals: eye-side 2X blind side
pectoral barred
LL 78-80
lower gill rakers: 7-8 short, stout
male: front D black

Trichopsetta orbisulcus Anderson & Gutherz, 1967

Furrowed Sash Flounder

Body oval, depth ~43% of SL; eyes on left side of head, close together, with a spineless crest between them; snout concave on upper side, but not deeply notched; 2 grooves on head, 1 from front nostril on blind side to top of front of top eye, other above front 1/3 of that eye; mouth moderate, ends under front of pupil of lower eye; male with spine on lower jaw, another on snout above top lip, another before front rim of lower eye; teeth small, pointed, almost entirely on blind side jaws; 7-8 short, blunt lower gill rakers; dorsal rays 91-93; dorsal origin in front of top eye; anal rays 70-73; pectoral fin on both sides, rays not branched, eye side fin twice as long as 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; lateral line on eye side only, strongly arched above the pectoral, no branch under lower eye; 78-80 lateral line scales.

Brown; grooves near top eye black; outer part of eye-side pectoral fin barred; blind side dusky, more so towards rear of body; male with dark front of dorsal fin, between rays 3-7

Reaches 20 cm.

Soft bottoms.

Depth range: 115-200 m.

SW to S 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
  • 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 endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • GC 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
  • 115
Depth Range Max
  • 200