Animal Species:Flowery Flounder, Bothus mancus (Broussonet, 1782)

Standard Common Name

Flowery Flounder

Alternative Name/s

Peacock Flounder, Tropical Flounder

Identification

Male Flowery Flounders are characterised by having an elongated pectoral fin on the eyed side, tentacles on the widely-spaced eyes, and spines on the snout.  The species is variable in colour but usually has white to blue spots, some of which are arranged in circles.

Size range

It grows to about 42 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs in shallow tropical waters throughout the Indo-Pacific.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

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Habitat

It is usually seen on sandy substrates.

Classification

Species:
mancus
Genus:
Bothus
Family:
Bothidae
Order:
Pleuronectiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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