IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: flounder (English), lenguado (Espanol)
Hippoglossina tetrophthalma (Gilbert, 1890)

Foureye flounder,     Four-spot flounder

Body elongate, height 39-45% of SL; head length 29-34% of SL; eyes on left side, parallel, large, close together;  mouth long, 45% head length, ends under rear edge of lower eye; teeth small, ~ equal sized, equally developed on both jaws; gill rakers short and thick, 11-12; 76-83 dorsal rays, origin of dorsal over top eye; 58-62 anal rays; pectoral short, eye-side fin ~ 50% length of head; bases of pelvics symmetric on sides, urinary papilla on eye side, immediately behind level of anus; lateral line extending onto head, with branches to upper eye and below lower eye, strongly arched over pectoral fin; scales large, without small accessory scales; eye side and blind side scales smooth; 95-100 lateral line scales.

Dark brown with two pairs of ocellated black spots on rear half of body; base of pectoral with a dark spot. 

Size: to at least 40 cm.

Inhabits sand-mud bottoms.

Depth: 23-233 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru.   


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