Common name: Starry Flounder
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Identification: Moyle (1976a); Eschmeyer et al. (1983).
Native Range: Marine; can penetrate freshwater. Japan to Bering Sea and Arctic Alaska, and to Santa Barbara in southern California (Eschmeyer et al. 1983).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Puerto Rico &
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Platichthys stellatus are found here.
Table last updated 10/4/2018
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Gained access to these areas via the California Aqueduct (Moyle 1976a).
Status: Collected in California.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Eschmeyer, W. N., E. S. Herald, and H. Hamann. 1983. A field guide to Pacific Coast fishes of North America. Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.
Moyle, P. B. 1976a. Inland fishes of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
California Fish Species
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Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson
Revision Date: 5/10/2019
Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016
Pam Fuller, and Matt Neilson, 2019, Platichthys stellatus (Pallas, 1788): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=842, Revision Date: 5/10/2019, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 8/25/2019
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