Spiny Flounder, Pseudorhombus spinosus McCulloch 1914

A Spiny Flounder, Pseudorhombus spinosus, from the Abrolhos, Western Australia, May 2017. Source: Chris Dowling / Flickr. License: All rights reserved

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Spiny Flounder, Pseudorhombus spinosus McCulloch 1914

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Endemic to the northern half of Australia, from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, to Hervey Bay, Queensland.

Inhabits shallow muddy and sandy areas.


Feeds on small benthic invertebrates.

Species Citation

Pseudorhombus spinosus McCulloch 1914, Biological Results of the Fishing Experiments carried on by the F.I.S. Endeavour 1909-1914 2(3): 129, pl. 25. Type locality: Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Spiny Flounder, Pseudorhombus spinosus McCulloch 1914


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CAAB Code:37460011

Depth:5-79 m

Habitat:Muddy & sandy areas

Max Size:30 cmSL


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