C-O Turbot (sole) - Pleuronichthys coenosus

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Posted by Chris on July 01, 2006 at 13:12:18:

I recived the following message from Dr. Milton Love about the fish I thought was a Spotted Turbot.

Quote from Milton Love's message:

Very spiff indeed - I have seen that purple coloration on turbots before - I think it has to do with the background they find themselves in. I wonder about it being a spotted turbot, however. Generally the spots on a spotted turbot remain in place no matter what the other colors it has. Also, isn't the habitat a little wrong for spotted turbots? I have the sense that they are more likely to be found on sand. Another possibility is the c-o turbot, (Pleuronichthys coenosus). It is often found over rock-sand bottoms, often in kelpbed areas. Also, it often gets that purple coloration.

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