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  Common names: flounder (English), lenguado (Espanol)
Etropus delsmani pacificus Nielsen, 1963

Delsman's flounder

Body relatively slender (height 41-44% of SL); head blunt, length 23-29% of SL; eyes on left side, eyes ~ parallel, top eye below upper head profile, with crest behind it; mouth very small, 24-30% of head, ends under front edge of eye; jaws on blind side arched; most of teeth on blind side, in 1 row on each jaw, none enlarged; lower gill rakers 6-8; dorsal rays 71-77; anal rays 53-62; base of eye side pelvic on midline of body, 6 pelvic fin rays;  pectoral fin 60-80% of head length; tail fin with blunt angular point; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; lateral line starts at top corner of operculum, relatively straight; scales small, rough, easily dislodged, without small accessory scales; 37-39 lateral line scales.

Eye side violet brown, a few dark blotches along lateral line, dorsal and anal with a few dark blotches; eye side pectoral dark outer half; blind side pale brown.

Size: 6 cm.

Habitat: sand and mud bottoms.

Depth: 45-50 m.

A Pacific subspecies of a neotropical species; Panama to Peru.


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