Deep Flounder, Pseudorhombus elevatus Ogilby 1912

Other Names: Deep-bodied Flounder

A Deep Flounder, Pseudorhombus elevatus, from off Western Australia. Source: Chris Dowling / Flickr. License: All rights reserved

A relatively deep-bodied brownish flounder with a dark blotch at the junction of the straight and curved parts of the lateral line, a smaller blotch on the lateral line on the rear of the body and another on the anterior end of the caudal peduncle, dark rings following the dorsal and ventral profiles, and small dark spots and elongate markings on the median fins.

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Deep Flounder, Pseudorhombus elevatus Ogilby 1912

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Off Carnarvon, Western Australia, to north of Brunswick Heads, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific from the Red Sea and South Africa to the Indo-Australian Archipelago, north to Taiwan and south to northeastern Australia.
Inhabits muddy, silty and sandy areas on the continental shelf.


Dorsal fin 67-74; Anal fin 52-66; Pectoral fin (eyed side) 10-12, (blind side) 10-11; Gill rakers 4-6 + 11-17; Vertebrae 10 + 24-25.
Body deeply ovoid, depth 1.7-2 times in standard length. Head length 3.1 to 3.5 times in standard length; upper profile with a distinct notch in front of upper eye; a line connecting base of first dorsal-fin ray and posterior nostril on eyed side passes behind posterior end of maxilla, or crosses its posteriormost part. Snout slightly protruded, 0.9 to 1.2 times of eye diameter. Maxilla extending to below or a little behind middle of lower eye; upper jaw 2.2 to 2.8 times in standard length; teeth in both jaws all small, without enlarged teeth anteriorly. Gill rakers long, slender. 
Scales ctenoid on eyed side, cycloid on blind side; lateral line curved above pectoral fins; supratemporal branch extending to between ninth to eleventh dorsal-fin rays.


Taken in commercial prawn trawls in Australia.

Species Citation

Pseudorhombus elevatus Ogilby 1912, Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 1: 45. Type locality: Buliver, Moreton Bay, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Deep Flounder, Pseudorhombus elevatus Ogilby 1912


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37460008

Depth:7-200 m

Habitat:Muddy/sandy areas

Max Size:20 cm SL

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