- A species of flounder, with a flat body and eyes on one side of its head
- Dull brown or tan color on back with tiny black spots, with a white or pale brown belly. Males are often mottled with orange spots, while the females are not.
- Most are 4-5 inches long, can be up to 6.5 inches long
- From Prince William Sound, Gulf of Alaska to Baja California, Mexico
- Gulf of California, Mexico
- The ocean floor on sandy or muddy bottoms
- Generally in shallow waters, can be in depths of up to 1200 feet
- Wide variety of crustaceans and small fish
- Larger fish, birds and marine mammals
- People eat them, but it is of little commercial importance due to its diminutive size
- Like all flounders, the speckled sanddab has both eyes on one side of its head! They are always on the left side of their head.
- Sanddabs can change colors to camouflage to match their surroundings
Sources: Pierfishing.com; FishBase; Mexican-Fish.com
Photo: David R. Andrew