Paralichthys lethostigma

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Southern flounder
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Paralichthyidae
Genus: Paralichthys
Species: P. lethostigma
Binomial name
Paralichthys lethostigma
D. S. Jordan & C. H. Gilbert, 1884

The southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) is a species of large-tooth flounders native to the eastern and gulf coasts of the United States. It is a popular sports fish and is the largest and most commercially valuable flounder in the western North Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.[2] Its range is North Carolina to the Yucatan Peninsula.[3] It is a "left-eyed flounder", meaning the left side is pigmented and is the "up side".[4] The body color is brown with diffuse, unocellated spots and blotches.[2]

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  1. ^ IUCN (2016). "Paralichthys lethostigma". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Paralichthys lethostigma Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce. Species reports
  3. ^ Southern flounder South Carolina Department of Natural Resources species descriptions
  4. ^ Flounder Texas Parks and Wildlife Department species descriptions

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