Neglected Flounder, Pseudorhombus neglectus Bleeker 1865

Other Names: Neglected Flounder

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A pale brownish flounder with small ocelli at the junction between the curved and straight parts of the lateral line, and another ocellus near the middle of the straight portion.

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Bray, D.J. 2024, Pseudorhombus neglectus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 May 2024,

Neglected Flounder, Pseudorhombus neglectus Bleeker 1865

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Queensland, from off Magnetic Island to off Fraser Island. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the east-Indo-west Pacific.
Inhabits muddy and sandy areas on the continental shelf.


Dorsal fin 72-75; Anal fin 56-59; Pectoral fin (ocular side) 12-13; Gill rakers (lower limb) 9-10.

Body elliptical, depth 1.9–2.1 in SL; upper profile of head without a distinct notch in front of upper eye; maxilla extending to below or beyond middle of lower eye; teeth in upper jaw small, slightly enlarged anteriorly, teeth in lower jaw larger and more widely spaced than those in upper jaw; scales ctenoid on eyed side, cycloid on blind side; gill rakers pointed and moderately short. Origin of dorsal fin slightly in front of anterior margin of upper and just above posterior nostril on blind side.



Body pale brownish, with small ocelli at junction between curved and straight portions of lateral line and another one near middle of straight section. 


The specific name is from the Latin neglectus (= neglected, unnoticed), in reference to the fact that Bleeker had overlooked the holotype which had been preserved along with two other Pseudorhombus species.

Species Citation

Pseudorhombus neglectus Bleeker 1865, Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor de Dierkunde 3: 44(2). Type locality: Celebes (Makassar?) = Sulawesi, Indonesia.


Bray, D.J. 2024


Atlas of Living Australia

Neglected Flounder, Pseudorhombus neglectus Bleeker 1865


Amaoka, K. & Hensley, D.A. 2001. Paralichthyidae. pp. 3842-3862 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.

Amaoka, K., Matsuura, K., Carpenter, K.E. & Munroe, T.A. 2021. Pseudorhombus neglectus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T158622617A158623905. Accessed on 22 May 2024.

Bleeker, P. 1865. Description de quelques espèces inédites des genres Pseudorhombus et Platophrys de l'Inde archipélagique. Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor de Dierkunde 3: 43-50 See ref at BHL

Norman, J.R. 1934. A systematic monograph of the flatfishes (Heterosomata). Vol. I. Psettodidae, Bothidae, Pleuronectidae. British Museum (Natural History). i-viii + 1-459. See ref at BHL

Psomadakis, P., Thein, H., Russell, B.C. & Tun, M.T. 2020. Field identification guide to the living marine resources of Myanmar. FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. FAO and Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Rome: i-xvii + 1-694, pls. 1-58.

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CAAB Code:37460060

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:30-40 m

Habitat:Muddy, sandy areas

Max Size:25 cm SL

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