Creature Feature: Starry Flounder

The Starry Flounder, or Platichthys stellatus, gets its name from the rough, star shaped scales that cover its body.

This fish is most often noted for its orange and black stripes on the dorsal and anal fins. This species can be found throughout the Pacific Ocean from the Bering Sea to Southern California . They occur over sand, mud and gravel bottoms in coastal ocean waters, bays, sloughs and even fresh water. Starry flounders are found from depths of a few inches to more than 900 feet.

This bottom dwelling species eats worms, clams, crustaceans, small fishes, and even sea stars! Starry flounder can grow to be 3 ft. long but are rarely found over 2 ft. Predators of this species include birds, marine mammals, and sharks. To reduce predation, the starry flounder will change its color to blend in with the bottom. Like other flatfishes, the young are born with an eye on each side of the head. By the time they reach about 0.5 inches in length, both eyes are on the same side of their head!

Come to MSI’s Aquarium Spotlight day on October 20th and check out this unique flat fish for yourself!

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