seen? This large plain flatfish is sometimes seen on our
Northern shores, on sandy areas near seagrasses.
Features: Those seen about 20cm, grows to about 30cm long.
Eyes on right side. Body elongated oval tapering towards the tail.
The tail fin is joined to the dorsal and anal fins. Fins are dark
with a conspicuous white outer margin. Body usually a plain brown
or beige without any markings.
What does it eat? It hunts small
animals living on the bottom of the sea, especially small crustaceans.
Human uses: It is economically
important and marketed fresh, frozen and dried-salted.
Status and threats: It is not
listed among the threatened animals of Singapore. But like
other creatures of the intertidal zone, it is affected by human activities
such as reclamation and pollution. Over-fishing can also have an impact
on local populations.
Big eyes and tentacles around the mouth.