Bays, Lagoons, Rivers, Harbors
1 - 3 pounds
12" - 36"
Like its other Flounder cousins, the Arrow, Southern, and the Summer Flounder, the Starry Flounder is a flat fish. However, the biggest difference of the Starry Flounder could be found in its skin pattern. While the Arrow, Southern, and the Summer flounders appear to be monochromatic (save for the three black spots found on the Southern Flounder), the Starry Flounder has black bars on its dorsal and anal fin. The bars can range from being black or white to orange. True to its name, the Starry Flounder also has star-shaped scales which give it a rough texture. Its belly side is cream white.
Their tail fins look similar to a large paint brush; square and short. It also has a strong anal spine which it relies on for swimming. The Starry Flounder also has short pectoral fins but appears to have no accessory dorsal branch.
Starry Flounders are bottom, filter feeders. They are the kind of fish that lie in the sand and wait for the food to float down to them. Juvenile Starry Flounders feed on plankton but as they grow older, Starry Flounders begin to feed on clams. What Starry Flounders do is the siphon but sucking up water to get the food in.
Starry Flounders’ size is usually dependent on their weight. Commercial markets sell Starry Flounders at around 2 lbs but some have reported Starry Flounders weighing at 15 lbs. The heaviest ever recorded was at 19 lbs (around 9 kgs).