Orbital Flounder, Citharoides orbitalis Hoshino 2000

Illustration of the holotype of the Orbital Flounder, Citharoides orbitalis. Source: K. Hoshino / Atlas of Living Australia. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A pale brown left-eyed flounder with a black blotch on the anterior one-fifth part of the trunk just below the lateral line, and a dark blotch at the rear of the dorsal and anal fin bases.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Citharoides orbitalis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 Nov 2023, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/962

Orbital Flounder, Citharoides orbitalis Hoshino 2000

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Endemic to Western Australia, from west of Perth to west of Point Alison.

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Differs from the Branchray Flounder, Citharoides macrolepidotus, in having a longer orbit, a greater distance between the upper eye and the dorsal profile, and a wider space between each eye and the anterior rim of the orbit.


The specific name orbitalis is from the Latin orbita in reference to the long orbit in this species.

Species Citation

Citharoides orbitalis Hoshino 2000, Ichthyological Research 47(4): 322, figs 2-5. Type locality: Off Western Australia, 26°22.7'S, 112°26.9'E, depth 288 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Orbital Flounder, Citharoides orbitalis Hoshino 2000


Hoshino, K. 2000. Citharoides orbitalis, a new sinistral citharid flounder from Western Australia (Pleuronectoidei, Pleuronectiformes). Ichthyological Research 47(4): 321-326 https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02674258

Hoshino, K. 2001. Monophyly of the Citharidae (Pleuronectoidei: Pleuronectiformes: Teleostei) with considerations of pleuronectoid phylogeny. Ichthyological Research 48(4): 391-404. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-001-8163-0

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CAAB Code:37458002

Depth:288-850 m

Habitat:Soft sediment areas

Max Size:17 cm SL

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