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Winter Flounder

Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Drawing of a Winter Flounder
Max Size: 70 cm (2 ft.)

Habitat: Near-shore waters from Labrador to Georgia

Diet: Shrimp, fish, and crustaceans






Fun Facts:

  • Eyes are located on the right side of the body as adults, making them a dextral or right-eyed flatfish
  • Flounders depend on sight to find their food, and feed mostly during the day
  • Their mouths are smaller and have less distinct teeth compared to the summer flounder
  • Named because they come into shallows during winter (where they are then seen more), shoals during winter, moving to deeper water in the summer; inverse of the summer flounder’s pattern