Speckled Sanddab, Citharichthys stigmaeus

Phylum Vertebrata, Family Bothidae

Spectacled Sanddab, Citharichthys stigmaeus

Habitat: Sandy to fine gravel substrata in intertidal areas and down to 366 metres deep.

Description: The flattened body of the adult fish has both eyes on the left side. The upper, eyed side is speckled olive brown to black while the blind side is cream to white. Adults can grow to 19 cm in length and 453 g in weight.

Distribution: Alaska to southern Baja California, Mexico

Fun Fact: The sanddab can change its pattern and colour to match the bottom beneath it. Learn more here

Photo credit: Miranda Prescott

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