Chascanopsetta lugubris Alcock, 1894
Pelican flounder
Chascanopsetta lugubris
photo by Ramjohn, D.D.

Family:  Bothidae (Lefteye flounders)
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 60 - 3210 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Gulf of Guinea round the Cape to Natal, South Africa. Western Atlantic: Florida, USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil (Ref. 7251). Indo-Pacific: off the eastern coast of Africa and off India and Sri Lanka to Japan (Ref. 3322).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 111-127; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 76-88. Body flexible. Mouth extremely large, maxillary not projecting beyond tip of snout. No canine tooth. Tip of lower jaw slightly beyond the upper; upper jaw shorter than head length.
Biology:  Inhabits the deeper continental shelf to depths of almost 1,000 m (Ref. 27121). Found on sand, mud and clay bottoms (Ref. 4417). Feeds on larger benthic animals (Ref. 30573). Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 30573.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 May 2014 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 22.07.08
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 09.03.98

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