Hornyhead turbot

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Hornyhead turbot
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Pleuronectidae
Genus: Pleuronichthys
Species: P. verticalis
Binomial name
Pleuronichthys verticalis
D. S. Jordan & C. H. Gilbert, 1880
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Distribution of hornyhead turbot

The Hornyhead turbot, Pleuronichthys verticalis, is a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. It is a demersal fish that lives on soft sand and mud bottoms at depths of between 9 and 200 metres (30 and 656 ft). Its native habitat is the subtropical waters of the Eastern Pacific, from Point Reyes in California to Magdalena Bay in Baja California, and the northern and central eastern parts of the Gulf of California. It can grow up to 37 centimetres (15 in) in length.[1][2]


The diet of the hornyhead turbot consists mainly of zoobenthos organisms, including amphipods, polychaetes[2] and clam siphons.


  1. ^ a b "Pleuronichthys verticalis". IUCN Red List. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly (6 October 2010). "Pleuronichthys verticalis". Fishbase. Retrieved 2011-07-29.