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Peacock Flounder

Bothus mancus
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Conservation status :

Least concern

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  • Group
    Actinopterygii
    Vertebrates
  • Size
    40 centimetres
  • Distribution area

    This flounder inhabits the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region, from South Africa to the coast of Mexico.

Behind
this character

The peacock flounder can be found on the sandy beds of lagoons and the outer slopes of reefs, at the shoreline and up to 80 m below the surface.

They chiefly hunt at night, on the lookout for fish, crabs and shrimp.

 

Like all flatfish, the young peacock flounder undergoes a transformation during which an eye moves to the other side. The fish then rests on its 'blind' side. The upward facing side (with the eyes) is pigmented while the opposite side is white. Flounder can change their colour to blend in with the surrounding environment.

« In this species, the male differs from the female by the very long upper rays on its pelvic fins (spanning 2/3 the length of his body). »

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