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Citharichthys stigmaeus (Speckled sanddab)

Synonyms: Cithanichthys stigmaeus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The speckled sanddab (Citharichthys stigmaeus) is a species of flounder in the genus Citharichthys. It is native to the eastern Pacific Ocean, ranging from Alaska in the north to Baja California, Mexico in the south. It is a much smaller cousin of the Pacific sanddab, growing to a maximum of 17 centimetres (6.7 in) in length. It can be found on the sandy bottom near the shore to as far out as 350 metres (1,150 ft). It is a dull brown or tan colour, with a white or pale brown underside. Males are often mottled with orange spots.
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Protected Areas

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Cymatogaster aggregata (Shiner)1
Embiotoca jacksoni (Black perch)1
Embiotoca lateralis (Blue seaperch)1
Psettichthys melanostictus (Pacific sand sole)1



Parasitized by 
Tubulovesicula lindbergi[6]


Alaska (USA); California Current; Canada; Eastern Pacific: Montague Island, Alaska to Bahia Magdalena, southern Baja California, Mexico.; Ecuador; Gulf of Alaska; Mexico; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Southeast; USA (contiguous states);

External References



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1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Trophic Ecology of the Dominant Fishes in Elkhorn Slough, California, 1974-1980, JAMES P. BARRY, MARY M. YOKLAVICH, GREGOR M. CAILLIET, DAVID A. AMBROSE, BROOKE S. ANTRIM, Estuaries Vol. 19, No. 1, p. 115-138, March 1996
3PACIFIC AND SPECKLED SANDDABS, Joseph P. Rackowski and Ellen K. Pikitch, Biological Report 82(11.107), US Fish and Wildlife Service (1989)
4Szoboszlai AI, Thayer JA, Wood SA, Sydeman WJ, Koehn LE (2015) Forage species in predator diets: synthesis of data from the California Current. Ecological Informatics 29(1): 45-56. Szoboszlai AI, Thayer JA, Wood SA, Sydeman WJ, Koehn LE (2015) Data from: Forage species in predator diets: synthesis of data from the California Current. Dryad Digital Repository.
5Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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