Diane Rome Peebles
Rodbender Fishing Charters.
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Captain Scott K. Green
4133 Via Piedra Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
GULF FLOUNDER - Paralichthys albigutta
Family Bothidae, LEFTEYE FLOUNDERS
Description: body color brown, its shade depending on color of bottom, with numerous spots and blotches; 3
prominent eye-like spots forming a triangle; one spot on lateral line, one above, one below; numerous white spots
scattered over body and fins (albigutta, white spotted);
strong canine-like teeth; caudal fin in shape of wedge,
its tip in the middle.
Similar fish: southern flounder, P. lethostigma
(no eye-like spots; color pattern is key to
distinguishing the two species).
Where found: INSHORE on sandy or
mud bottoms, often ranging into tidal creeks;
occasionally caught on NEARSHORE
Size: common to 2 pounds, generally smaller than
Remarks: hatches into usual fish form, but right eye
migrates overt to left side early in life; a bottom dweller; thought to spawn offshore; feeds on crustaceans
and small fishes.