Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)

southern flounder

The southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) is often found in shallow water near oyster reefs, where it feeds on grass shrimp and small fish.

The southern flounder is common in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea). This bottom-dwelling fish often covers its flattened body with sediment and changes coloration to blend in with its surroundings. This provides protection from predators and enables it to catch prey more easily. The southern flounder is often found in shallow water near oyster reefs, where it feeds on grass shrimp and smaller fish. The southern flounder is harvested commercially and recreationally in South Carolina.