The Diamond Turbot is an estuarine flatfish often found within benthic habitats such as shallow bays, tidal flats, or sandy bottoms (1). The general geographic location of this fish ranges from Cape Mendocino to Cape San Lucas, Baja California, and in the Gulf of California (1). While classified as a flatfish, this particular species can be distinguished with its yellow pigmentation around the mouth and diamond shaped body (2). Studies have been conducted that have found limited adult movement but moderately long pelagic larval duration (3). The result is that there are reduced levels of genetic and morphological differences in Pacific populations (3).
(1) Eldridge, M.B. (1975). EARLY LARVAE OF THE DIAMOND TURBOT HYPSOPSETTA GUTTULATA. California Fish and Game, 61(1), 26-34. Retrieved from http://swfsc.noaa.gov/publications/CR/1975/7505.PDF
(2) Sumida, B. Y., Ahlstrom, E.H., Moser, H.G. (1979). Early Development of Seven Flatfishes of the Eastern North Pacific with Heavily Pigmented Larvae (Pisces Pleuronectiformes). Fishery Bulletin, 77, 105-45. Retrieved from https://spo.nmfs.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-content/1979/771/sumid...
(3) Schinske, J.N., Bernardi, G.,Jacobs, D.K., Routman, E.J. (2009). Phylogeography of the diamond turbot (Hypsopsetta guttulata) across the Baja California Peninsula. Marine Biology, 157(1), 123-134. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-009-1302-2
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