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Platichthys stellatus (Starry flounder; Long-jaw flounder; Grindstone; Flounder; Emerywheel)

Synonyms: Inopsetta ischyra (pro parte); Platichthys rugosus; Platichthys stellatus stellatus; Pleuronectes stellatus; Pseudoplatichthys oshorensis (pro parte)
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Wikipedia Abstract

The starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus) is a common flatfish found around the margins of the North Pacific. The distinctive features of the starry flounder include the combination of black and white-to-orange bar on the dorsal and anal fins, as well as the skin covered with scales modified into tiny star-shaped plates or tubercles (thus both the common name and species epithet), resulting in a rough feel. The eyed side is black to dark brown, while the lower side is white or cream-colored. Although classed as "righteye flounders," individuals may have their eyes on either the right or left side. They have been recorded at up to 91 cm and 9 kg.
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Adult Weight [1]  11.034 lbs (5.005 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  24 years
Migration [2]  Catadromous

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5"Autumn food of adult starry flounders, Platichthys stellatus, from the northeastern Bering Sea and the southeastern Chukchi Sea", Stephen C. Jewett and Howard M. Feder, J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer (1980) 39(1): 7-14
6Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979
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8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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