Branchray Flounder, Citharoides macrolepidotus Hubbs 1915

Other Names: Branched Ray Flounder

Branchray Flounder, Citharoides macrolepidotus. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A brownish left-eyed flounder with a conspicuous spot at the rear of the dorsal and anal fin bases, dark blotches on the dorsal and anal fins, and a rounded caudal fin.
The pectoral fin rays on the eyed-side are branched except for the upper 2-3 rays and the lower first ray. All pectoral-fin rays on the blind side are unbranched.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Citharoides macrolepidotus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 May 2024,

Branchray Flounder, Citharoides macrolepidotus Hubbs 1915

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West of Perth to north of Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia,  and north of Townsville to the southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, west Pacific.


Dorsal fin 64-68; Anal fin 44-48; Pelvic fin (left side) 9-10.

Species Citation

Citharoides macrolepidotus Hubbs 1915, Proceedings of the United States National Museum 48(2082): 453, pl. 25(1). Type locality: eastern channel of the Korean Strait, off Nagato Province, Japan. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Branchray Flounder, Citharoides macrolepidotus Hubbs 1915


Evseenko, S.A. 1996. Ontogeny and relationships of the flatfishes of the Southern Ocean (Achiropsettidae, Pleuronectoidei). Journal of Ichthyology 36(9): 687-712 

Hensley, D.A. 2001. Psettodidae, Citharidae. pp. 3792-3798 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 6 pp. 3381-4218. 

Hoshino, K. 2000. Citharoides orbitalis, a new sinistral citharid flounder from Western Australia (Pleuronectoidei, Pleuronectiformes). Ichthyological Research 47(4): 321-326 

Hubbs, C.L. 1915. Flounders and soles from Japan collected by the United States Bureau of Fisheries steamer Albatross in 1906. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 48(2082): 449-496 pls 25-27 See ref at BHL

Williams, A., Last, P.R., Gomon, M.F. & Paxton, J.R. 1996. Species composition and checklist of the demersal ichthyofauna of the continental slope off Western Australia (20–35º). Records of the Western Australian Museum 18: 135-155

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CAAB Code:37458003

Depth:120-435 m

Habitat:Soft sediment areas

Max Size:29 cm TL

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