Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Pleuronectiformes
(Flatfishes) > Pleuronectidae
(Righteye flounders) > Poecilopsettinae
Etymology: Poecilopsetta: Greek, poikilos = with a lot of colours + Greek, psetta = grouper (Ref. 45335). More on author: Goode.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 155 - 1636 m (Ref. 57192), usually 200 - ? m (Ref. 57192). Deep-water; 45°N - 8°S, 98°W - 33°W
Western Atlantic: New England, USA south through the Gulf of Mexico to Campeche, Mexico; off the Central American coast to northern Colombia and northern Brazil; Cuba and St. Kitts.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36347); 9.9 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Head small, compressed (19.1-20.1% SL).
Found along the outer continental shelf and slope (Ref. 57192).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Munroe, T.A., 2003. Poecilopsettidae. Righteye flounders. p. 1922-1924. In K.E. Carpenter (ed.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 3: Bony fishes part 2 (Opistognathidae to Molidae), sea turtles and marine mammals. (Ref. 57192)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 6.2 - 19, mean 11.4 (based on 253 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .