LEFT EYED FLOUNDERS
BOTHIDAE
Peacock Flounder
Bothus mancus
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
S, Be to 45 Cru, Wor (Pisc), Noct I F
 
 
Synonyms:
Flowery Flounder
Description:
Body a deep oval, its depth 54-59% of SL.
Distinct notch before lower eye. Lower eye well before upper, with front edge of upper over rear edge of lower. The eyes protrude noticeably, appearing to be raised on short, thick stalks. Mouth small, ending under front half of eye. Brown with numerous variable-sized blue rings and spots on fins and head(The similar Eyed Flounder, Bothus ocellatus, has brownish ring markings). Three dark blotches along lateral line. The background color can change dramatically to match the bottom. Pectoral fin unusually long, often erect.


Ecology
Lives on sand near coral reefs and reef flats and also found on gravel substrata. It  feeds on small benthic crustaceans and fishes. This species is commonly observed in shallow water to 12m, but can be found to 150 m. Enhances its camouflage by partly burying in sand or mud. Swims over the bottom with a slight wave-like motion.
Peacock Flounder
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