Halibuts


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Halibuts and turbots are the common names for the members of the Psettodidae family. The family members can have both eyes on the left side or right side of their head. They can be recognized by having their upper eye on dorsal edge of head and their dorsal fin origin well behind their upper eye. There are spines in dorsal and pelvic fins.

Members of the Psettodidae are found in the West Africa and Indo-West Pacific waters. There is only one genus and 3 species worldwide. They inhabit shallow marine waters on mud and sand bottoms near to shore. They often swim in an upright position and feed mostly on fishes.


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Scientific Name: Psettodes erumei  (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)
English Name: Indian Halibut, Indian Spiny Turbot
Mandarin Name: 斑鮃 (Bān píng), 大比目鱼 (Dà bǐmùyú), 偏口鱼 (Piān kǒu yú), 右口鱼 (Yòu kǒu yú), 多宝鱼 (Duō bǎo yú)
Local Malay Name: Ikan Sebelah, Sisa Nabi, Togok
Size: Maximum total length about 64 cm, most commonly between 20 and 40 cm.