Monday, March 05, 2007

Feeling a little flat?

This is a peacock flounder, a type of flatfish classified as a left-eye flounder. This is because if you held it vertically upright both eyes would be on the left side. The peacock bit should be self explanatory.

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These are fairly common on sand in the Caribbean if you look carefully. Unfortunately this one wouldn't sit still for me at all. This species often changes colour to blend in but this one was keen to show those blue rings as it departed.

flounder

6 comments:

Peter Chen said...

Hi Tai Haku,

Thanks for leaving a comment in my post Adding an image to your blog header. I have responded to your comment.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says

John said...

I was wondering about the prominent blue spots. Most photos of flounder that I have seen recently show the camouflage effect instead. Are the blue spots a form of reaction to danger or a display?

tai haku said...

Peter - many thanks.

John - I really don't know but a lot of flatfish have something similar and I think they are used as a sort of shock distraction tactic. Typically when they are sat the blues will be muted or even completely absent. I think when they take off they increase the intensity for shock value vs. a predator. That said some individuals like this one seem to be pretty garish all the time.

Sandra said...

Great shots.

Amy said...

How does an animal know which colors to change to??

tai haku said...

Thanks Sandra,

Amy - You'd be surprised how mobile those eyes are; they can probably get a pretty good view of the bottom compared to what you might expect.