Image: Larval Seven Pelvic Ray Flounders

Larval Seven Pelvic Ray Flounders

Larval specimens of Seven Pelvic Ray Flounders caught at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia. The fish are now stored in the Australian Museum fish collection.

Photographer:
Stuart Humphries
Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

In one of the amazing quirks of nature, the right eye of Engyprosopon species migrates from the right side of the body to the left where it 'joins' the left eye (see image of the adult, top right). What's even stranger is that the eye moves through a narrow slit in the dorsal profile that closes after the eye has passed through (Leis & Carson-Ewart, 2004).

Reference:

  1. Leis, J.M. and B.M. Carson-Ewart. (editors). 2000. The larvae of Indo-Pacific coastal fishes. An identification guide to marine fish larvae. Brill, Leiden. Pp. 870.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Seven Pelvic Ray Flounder, Engyprosopon septempes, Bothidae,