The banded-fin flounder
or spotted flounder
, Azygopus pinnifasciatus
, is a righteye flounder
, the only species in the genus Azygopus
, found around the Indo-West Pacific Oceans
, including southern Australia
and New Zealand
, on the continental slope
at depths of between 120 and 900 m. Their length is up to 20 cm.
The banded-fin flounder is a righteye flounder
meaning it has both eyes on the right side of the head and lies on its left side. It has the typical flattened oval shape of the flounder with the dorsal
and anal fins
forming a fringe around most of the body, and a pointed snout.
The colouring is distinctive, being pale brown marked with conspicuous small dark spots, and a dark spot on each side of the end of the caudal fin.
- Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8