IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sandab (English), lenguado (Espanol)
Citharichthys platophrys Gilbert, 1891

Small sanddab

Body moderately deep (height ~ 50% of SL); head relatively blunt, length ~ 33% of SL; eyes large, not close together, front of lower eye a little before that of upper eye; mouth medium length, ~ 40% of head length, ends under center of lower eye; blind side jaws not arched; teeth ~ equally developed on both sides of jaws, in 1 series of immovable teeth on each jaw, no canines but front teeth a little enlarged; gill rakers slender, short, 9 lower rakers; 78 dorsal rays; 62 anal rays; eye side pectoral ~ 75% of head length; base of eye-side pelvic on midline of body; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; eye-side lateral line ~ straight, from edge of opercle to tail base; scales rough,  ~ 43 lateral line scales.

Eye-side body and fins grey brown; pelvic dark, black in male; blind-side pale, pelvic with black tip in male.

Size: 35 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 70-145 m.

Southern Baja and the southern Gulf of California to northern Peru; Isla del Coco.


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