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| Common names: turbot (English), platija (Espanol) |
Pleuronichthys ocellatus Starks & Thompson, 1910
Body widest in middle; eyes on the right side of the head, upper eye relatively large (8.5-10.9% of SL); ridge between eyes relatively low, without spine at each end; a small, asymmetric mouth; lips with transverse folds; teeth concentrated on blind-side of mouth, teeth on both jaws of eye side; no teeth on roof of mouth; 10-14 gill rakers; border of the preoperculum free, very evident; dorsal fin origin under blind side; dorsal 61-72 rays; anal 44-49 rays; eye-side pectoral 9 rays; symmetric pelvic fins that are inserted on both sides of the body; tail base relatively wide (minimum is 22-26% of body height); lateral lines on both sides of the body, without an arch over the pectoral, originates above eye, with a branch under the lower eye and long branch extending back along under the dorsal fin; lateral line scales ~ 89.
Eye side pale brown, with 1 large ocellated spot (black with white ring) on mid-back & 2 large dark blotches under ends of dorsal and anal fins, scattered irregular white spots.
Size: 24 cm.
Habitat: sand and mud bottoms.
Depth: 1-140 m.
Southern Baja; the upper 2/3 of the Gulf of California.