Bothidae

Bothidae or lefteye flounders are a family of flounders. They are called "lefteye flounders" because most species lie on the sea bottom on their right sides, with both eyes on their left sides.[1] The family is also distinguished by the presence of spines on the snout and near the eyes.[2]

Lefteye flounders
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Scaldfish, Arnoglossus laterna
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Suborder: Pleuronectoidei
Family: Bothidae
Smitt, 1892
Type genus
Bothus
Genera

Arnoglossus
Asterorhombus
Bothus
Chascanopsetta
Crossorhombus
Engyophrys
Engyprosopon
Grammatobothus
Japonolaeops
Kamoharaia
Laeops
Lophonectes
Monolene
Neolaeops
Parabothus
Perissias
Psettina
Taeniopsetta
Tosarhombus
Trichopsetta

Lefteye flounders vary considerably in size between the more than 160 species, ranging from 4.5 cm (1.8 in) to 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in length.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Bothidae" in FishBase. February 2006 version.
  2. ^ a b Chapleau, Francois & Amaoka, Kunio (1998). Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 224–225. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.