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Species: Etropus ectenes, Sole flounder

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

eyes & head small
body height < 1/2 SL
pectoral: bars
LL straight, 54-55
D 92-95; A 73-76

Etropus ectenes Jordan in Jordan & Goss, 1889

Sole flounder

Body relatively slender (height 43 (41-44%) % of SL); head pointed, small, length 21-25% of SL;eyes on left side (uncommonly on right side),  upper eye at edge of head and partly over midline crest that extends between eyes; mouth very small, 20-25% of head, ends under front edge of eye; jaws on blind side arched; most of teeth on blind side, in 1 row on each jaw, none enlarged; lower gill rakers 8-9; dorsal rays 92-95; anal rays 73-76; base of eye side pelvic on midline of body, 6 pelvic fin rays; pectoral fin 67-77% of head length; tail fin with blunt angular point; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; lateral line starts at top corner of operculum, relatively straight; scales small, rough, easily dislodged, without small accessory scales; 54-55 lateral line scales.

Eye side grey to grey-brown, with dark blotches, fins spotted, eye-side pectoral with irregular bars; blind side pale.

Size: 24 cm.

Habitat: shallow soft bottoms, including estuaries.

Depth: 0-50 m.

Panama to Peru.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 24
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 50