Ocellated flounder

Ancylopsetta ommata

Family Paralichthyidae - flounders

Body oval-shaped, flattened laterally, left-eyed (eyes on left side of body); color brown, blotchy with 4 distinct spots (black with white center surrounded by lighter color); underside whitish; high arch in anterior lateral line just behind head; forehead with no notch; eyes far apart; mouth oblique, nearly vertical, medium sized, extending well below lower margin of eye but not past posterior margin of eye.
Similar Species
Southern and Gulf flounders have high arch in lateral line like the ocellated flounder, but southern has no spots and Gulf has 3 spots.
Gulf and bay, prefers sandy or muddy bottoms
Maximum Size
30 cm (12 in)
Fin Element Counts
D. 67-76; A. 54-61 (explain)
Other Common Names
A. quadrocellata
Previous Scientific Names
State size/bag limits
Minimum size is 15 in.; bag limit is 5 (includes all species), except in November and the 1st 2 weeks in December where the bag and possession limit is 0.; Check for state record.