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Species: Poecilopsetta beanii, Deepwater Dab

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eyes right side, large, close-set
body depth 32-39% SL
head 19-21% SL
LL 80-89
C top & bottom edges of rear 1/2 with large blotch

Poecilopsetta beanii (Goode, 1881)

Deepwater Dab

Body oval, relatively elongated (depth 32-39% SL), strongly compressed; head relatively small (19-21% SL); snout much shorter than eye, notched; eyes on right side, large, nearly equal in position, without tentacles, separated by a narrow ridge; mouth asymmetrical, short, ends under front of pupil; nostrils paired, on each side of head; teeth small, slender, in 2 rows, on both jaws; preopercular margin free, not covered with skin and scales; gill rakers stout, short, pointed at tips, not serrated, 6+10-11; fins without spines, dorsal- and anal-fin rays simple; no elongation of dorsal- or pelvic-fin rays; dorsal fin origin over pupil of upper eye; dorsal rays 63-68; anal rays 50-56; pectorals present on both sides, 10 rays on eye-side; pelvic fins with 6 unbranched rays, short based, not joined to anal fin; anus on mid-ventral line; genital papilla on right side of body, slightly above anus; lateral line well developed on ocular side, with strong curve above pectoral fin, no branch to head, absent on blind side; scales moderately small, easily shed, rough on ocular side, smooth on blind side; lateral line scales 83-84 (80-89).

Brown, with small dark blotches along upper and lower body profiles; lower surface with scattered small dark spots; dorsal and anal fins with dark lines along some of rays; tail fin with a large dark blotch at the rear half of the upper and lower borders.

Reaches 9 cm

Sandy bottoms

Depth range 155-1636 m.

New England to northern Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • 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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9
Depth Range Min
  • 155
Depth Range Max
  • 1636