eyed flounder

Scientific name Bothus ocellatus
Descriptor Agassiz
Year of description 1831
IUCN category LC
Family Bothidae
Genus Bothus
Bothus ocellatus Bothus ocellatus


Bothus ocellatus, commonly known as eyed flounder, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Mimicry
  • Pattern

How to recognize the eyed flounder ?

The eyed flounder measures around 12 cm. The dominant males can however reach 18 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly marron, beige and gris body. The also has marron tasks.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The eyed flounder is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the eyed flounder has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The eyed flounder is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    18 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 110 m

Biotope presentation

The eyed flounder is most often found at a depth between 1m and 110m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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