Paralichthys dentatus (Linnaeus, 1766)
Summer flounder
photo by Flescher, D.

 Family:  Paralichthyidae (Large-tooth flounders)
 Max. size:  94 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 12 kg; max. reported age: 9 years
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 10 - 183 m, oceanodromous
 Distribution:  Northwest Atlantic: Maine (rarely Nova Scotia, Canada) to southern Florida, USA.
 Diagnosis:   
 Biology:  Adults usually prefer hard sandy substrate where they can burrow; can exploit a broad range of lower and mid-estuary habitats including salt marsh creeks and seagrass beds, which usually have muddy or silty substrates , as well as sand flats (Ref. 26621). Occur in bays, lagoons and shallow coastal waters. Utilized fresh and frozen; can be steamed, fried, boiled, microwaved and baked (Ref. 9988). Exported fresh to Japan for sashimi.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  other
 Country info:   
 

 Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 16.03.15
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 31.08.94

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