Southern Flounder: Paralichthys lethostigma


  • Light to dark brown color with dark spots and blotches
  • No eyelike spots
  • Belly is white or dusky
  • Strong canine-like teeth
  • Wedge-shaped tail, its tip in the middle

Similar Species: Gulf flounder, P. albigutta (has three prominent eyelike spots) 

Size: Common to 20 inches 


Brackish bays and estuaries, sometimes ranging into tidal creeks and freshwater.


Right eye migrates over to left side early in life.

A bottom-dweller thought to spawn offshore.

Mostly feeds on small fishes.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations

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