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  Common names: flounder (English), lenguado (Espanol)
Paralichthys woolmani Jordan & Williams in Gilbert, 1897

Speckled flounder,     Dappled flounder

Body height 43-53% of SL; head length 26-32% of SL; eyes on left side, separated by a flat space without a ridge; mouth long, 45-50% of head length, ends under or behind rear edge of eye; teeth are large canines, especially at front of mouth; 16-20 gill rakers; dorsal fin begins over upper eye,  70-81; anal fin 52-64; bases of pelvics symmetric; urinary papilla on eye side, immediately behind level of anus; lateral line scales 93-110; eye-side scales smooth, large fish with small accessory scales between larger body scales; blind side scales smooth; lateral line extending onto head, with branches to upper eye and below lower eye, strongly arched over pectoral fin.

Dark brown with blackish blotches and pale (blue or whitish) round spots; usually with 3 large blackish blotches on middle of body along lateral line; median fins blackish with scattered pale spots; rows of dark spots on caudal fin.

Size: reaches 80 cm.

Inhabits flat sand or mud bottoms.

Depth: 1-91 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru, the Galapagos.   


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