The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Starry Flounder (Platichthys stellatus)

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Starry Flounder (Platichthys stellatus) – a marine fish of the Pleuronectidae family. Its length is up to 54 cm (sometimes to 90 cm); weight is 2–4 kg (sometimes to 9–10 kg). Eyes are on the left side. The eyed side is gray, dark brown, or dark olive; reddish brown is less frequent. There are rare black bars on the dorsal and anal fins. No scales are present. It occurs in the Chukchi Sea and seas of the Far East. S. F. is an inshore fish living as deep as 10–20 m that can enter the freshwater zone. It spawns in desalinated seawater in February–March. S. F. feeds on worms, crustaceans, and small fish. Its commercial significance is low.

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