IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: flounder (English), lenguado (Espanol)
Etropus ciadi van der Heiden & Plascencia 2005

Cortez flounder

Body relatively deep (47-60%, mean 55% of SL); head small (22.1–26.6% SL); eyes on left side close-set , lower one slightly before upper, a ridge between them that curves around and down behind lower eye to edge of preopercle; mouth relatively large for the genus, ends just behind front edge of lower eye, length < 30% of head length; jaws on blind side arched; most of teeth on blind side, in 1 row on each jaw, none enlarged; gill rakers 2-7 + 5-10; dorsal rays 66-79; anal rays 52-62; base of eye side pelvic on midline of body, 6 pelvic fin rays; 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; 36-43 lateral line scales.

Brown, with dark brown speckles on body and dorsal and anal fin rays, some grouped to form small spots; pectoral fin with dark tip and a wavy bar about 2/3 way along fin; males without dark pigment on blind side.

Reaches 11.6cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range 8-40m.

Known only from the eastern Gulf of California.


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