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Southern Flounder Paralichthys lethostigma


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Southern Flounder
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Family: Bothidae, Lefteye Flounders view all from this family

Description Paralichthys lethostigma (also Southern Flounder) is a popular sports fish and is the largest and most commercially valuable flounder in the western north Atlantic ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Its range is North Carolina to the Yucatan peninsula. It is a "left-eyed flounder," meaning the left side is pigmented and is the "up side." The body color is brown with diffuse, non-ocellated spots and blotches.

Dimensions Up to 33" (83 cm).

Habitat Rivers & streams, Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows.

Range Southeast, Florida, Texas.