Appearance Summary: Paralichthys californicus is a species of flatfish found in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It has a laterally compressed body with a large, rounded head and a small, pointed snout. Its eyes are located on the left side of its head, and its mouth is located on the underside of its head. Its coloration is typically brownish-gray with darker mottling and a white underside. It has a single dorsal fin and two pectoral fins. Its pelvic fins are located on the underside of its body. It has a long, slender tail and can reach up to a maximum length of about 40 cm.
Facial description: Paralichthys californicus has a large, oblong head with a pointed snout and a small, terminal mouth. Its eyes are located on the top of its head and its body is covered in small scales. It has a large, fan-shaped tail and two dorsal fins. The first dorsal fin is located near the head and the second is located near the tail. Its coloration is typically brownish-gray with darker spots and blotches.
What are the distinct features of California halibut? Size, yellowish-brown to olive-green in color, white underside, large eyes, small mouth, large pectoral fins, small pelvic fins, no scales, smooth skin, no vocalizations, bottom-dwelling, solitary, nocturnal, feeds on benthic invertebrates
What makes them unique?
California halibut body color description: Paralichthys californicus is typically a brownish-olive color with a white underside.
skin type: The exterior of Paralichthys californicus is smooth and slimy, with a slightly rough texture along its scales. Its body is covered in small, round scales that are slightly raised and have a slightly rough texture.
Strengths: Adaptability, Reproductive Capacity, Camouflage, Ability to Sense Prey, Ability to Move Quickly, Ability to Withstand Temperature Changes, Ability to Withstand Salinity Changes
Weaknesses: Poor vision, Slow swimming speed, Limited habitat range, Susceptible to disease, Poor reproductive success, High vulnerability to fishing pressure