Bay whiff

Citharichthys spilopterus

Family Paralichthyidae - flounders

Body oval; almost football-shaped, flattened laterally; both eyes on left side of body (left-eyed); color brown; underside (right side) white; low arch in anterior lateral line; forehead flat, not notched; eyes close together; mouth oblique, nearly vertical, medium sized, extending past lower edge of eye; lower margin of head with a slight angle where gill plate meets edge.
Similar Species
Fringed and shoal flounders have low arch in lateral line like the bay whiff, but do not have an angular lower jaw; shoal flounder has notch on forehead; fringed has small mouth.
Gulf and bay, prefers sandy or muddy bottoms.
Maximum Size
20 cm (8 in)
Fin Element Counts
D. 75-84; A. 56-63 (explain)
Other Common Names
Previous Scientific Names
State size/bag limits
Minimum size is 15 in.; bag limit is 5, except in November and the 1st 2 weeks in December where the bag and possession limit is 0 (bag limit includes all species of flounders),; Check for state record.