IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: flounder (English), lenguado (Espanol)
Syacium latifrons (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Beach flounder

Body height 42-50% of SL; head length 26-32% of SL; snout with distinct notch before top eye; tip of snout to edge top eye > 23% of head length; eyes on left side; front of lower eye before front of upper eye; width between eyes ~ 31% of head length (wider in male); nape strongly convex; mouth of moderate length, 36-42% of head length, ends under mid-eye; jaws on blind side not arched;  fixed teeth in 2 rows in upper jaw, 1 row lower jaw; 7-8 short, fat, serrated lower gill rakers; dorsal rays 81-93; 63-74 anal rays; eye-side pectoral 48-200% of head length (1st  2 rays very elongate in male); base of eye side pelvic on midline of body; tail base relatively wide (width 33-48% of SL); urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; lateral line not extending onto head, starts at corner of operculum, relatively straight; 50-58 lateral line scales; scales very rough in eye-side, smooth an blind side.

Eye side grey-brown, sometimes with darker blotches, male with 1-2 dark lines between top eye and tip of snout and dark spots along top profile of head, fins paler than body, dorsal and anal with regular row of dark spots, pectoral with ~ 4 indistinct dark bars; tail with indistinct spots; blind side yellow-white.

Size: 25 cm.

Habitat: soft bottoms.

Depth: 20-95 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru.


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