leopard flounder

Scientific name Bothus pantherinus
Descriptor Rüppell
Year of description 1830
IUCN category LC
Family Bothidae
Genus Bothus
Bothus pantherinus Bothus pantherinus

Introduction

Bothus pantherinus, commonly known as leopard flounder, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    39 cm
  • Mimicry
    sand
  • Pattern
    tasks
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    39 cm
  • Mimicry
    sand
  • Pattern
    tasks

How to recognize the leopard flounder ?

The leopard flounder measures around 20 cm. The dominant males can however reach 39 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly marron and beige 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
    solitary
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

The leopard 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 leopard flounder has little concern for non-territorial animals.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The leopard 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
    3 - 150 m

Biotope presentation

The leopard flounder is most often found at a depth between 3m and 150m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Fishkeeping

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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