Willowy flounder

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Willowy flounder
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Pleuronectidae
Genus: Tanakius
C. L. Hubbs, 1918
Species: T. kitaharae
Binomial name
Tanakius kitaharae
(D. S. Jordan & Starks, 1904)
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Distribution of willowy flounder

The Willowy flounder, Tanakius kitaharae, is a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. It is a demersal fish that lives on bottoms at depths of between 100 and 200 metres (330 and 660 ft). Its native habitat is the temperate waters of the Western Pacific, from Southern Hokkaido in Japan to the Gulf of Bohai, the East China Sea and Taiwan. It can grow up to 30 centimetres (12 in) in length.[1]


The diet of the willowy flounder consists mainly of zoobenthos organisms, including polychaetes, crabs and other benthos crustaceans.[1]


  1. ^ a b Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly (6 October 2010). "Tanakius kitaharae". Fishbase.