Flounders Puffers & Molas

Flounders Puffers & Molas - Order Pleuronectiformes...

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1 Flounders, Puffers, and Molas Order Pleuronectiformes and Order Tetraodontiformes (Highly derived/specialized fishes with uncertain affinities within the Acanthopterygii) Order Pleuronectiformes ± Easily recognized as adults 570 spp, 11 families not bilaterally symmetrical one side white and eyeless Able to change color under neurological control ± Soft bottoms, continental shelves, world wide distribution ± Many coexist, ecological segregation by depth and feeding habits Order Pleuronectiformes . .. ± Pelagic larvae undergo metamorphosis ± Transformation involves hard and soft anatomical features ± Left-eyed flounders rest on right side and vice versa (some species are both left- and right-eyed) Transforming Flatfish--Decision to Swin or Sink California Halibut--5 ft, 72 lbs (Pacific halibut, 495 lbs) Manyray Flatfish--f. Bothidae (male)
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2 Pacific Sanddab Peacock Flounder Starry Flounder English Sole Curlfin Turbot Order Tetraodontiformes ± The most “derived” group, lacks many
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2010 for the course OCS 4012 taught by Professor Baltz,d during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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