Witch (lefteye flounder)

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This article is about the Pacific flatfish species. For the Atlantic species, see Megrim and Torbay sole.
Witch flounder.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Bothidae
Genus: Arnoglossus
Species: A. scapha
Binomial name
Arnoglossus scapha
(J. R. Forster, 1801)
  • Pleuronectes scapha Forster, 1801

The witch, Arnoglossus scapha, is a lefteye flounder of the family Bothidae, found around China and New Zealand, in waters less than 400 m in depth. Their length is from 20 to 40 cm.


  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Arnoglossus scapha" in FishBase. February 2006 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8