Comb flounder

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Comb flounder
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Pleuronectidae
Genus: Marleyella
Species: M. bicolorata
Binomial name
Marleyella bicolorata
(von Bonde, 1922)
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Distribution of the comb flounder

The comb flounder, Marleyella bicolorata, is a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. It is a demersal fish that lives on saltwater bottoms at depths of between 20 and 406 metres (66 and 1,332 ft). Its natural habitat is the tropical waters of the western Indian Ocean, from KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique in Southern Africa, to coastal Tanzania and Kenya in the African Great lakes region, to Somalia in the Horn of Africa, to Karnataka and Maharashtra in India. It can grow up to 19 centimetres (7.5 in) in length.[1]

Description[edit]

The comb flounder is a right-eyed flatfish. Its upper (eyed) side is dark brown, marked with vaguely cruciform dark spots and blotches, with round black spots on the head and a dark bar at the base of the caudal fin. The underside is also dark brown.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Froese, Ranier; Pauly, Daniel, eds. (6 October 2010). "Marleyella bicolorata". Fishbase. Retrieved 2011-08-31.