Starry flounders

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Starry flounders
Platichthys flesus 1.jpg
European flounder (P. flesus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Pleuronectidae
Genus: Platichthys
Girard, 1854
Type species
Platichthys rugosus Girard, 1854 (jr. synonym of P. stellatus)

Platichthys is a genus of flatfish, known as the starry flounders,[citation needed] native to the North Pacific and North Atlantic oceans. Despite being in the family Pleuronectidae (popularly known as righteye flounders), both species in the genus Platichthys are often "lefteyed", i.e. they lie on the sea bottom on their right side, with both eyes on the right side.[1][2]


There are currently two recognized species in this genus:[3]


  1. ^ Eschmeyer W.N.; Herald, E.S.; and Hammann, H. (1983). A Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes. Peterson Field Guides. ISBN 978-0618002122
  2. ^ Muus, B.J; Nielsen, J.G.; Dahlstrøm, P.; Nyström, B.O. (1991). Sea Fish. ISBN 978-8790787004
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Platichthys in FishBase. October 2012 version.