A member of the Bothidae family of left-eyed ﬂatﬁsh, the Paciﬁc sanddab is an excellent food ﬁsh that has both commercial signiﬁcance and a popular sportﬁshing following. This species is often listed on the seafood menus of California restaurants and is viewed by some as a delicacy.
IdentificationThe body of the Paciﬁc sanddab is oblong and compressed. The head is deep, and the eyes are large and on the left side. The color is light brown, mottled with yellow and orange on the eyed side and white on the blind side.
The Pacific sanddab can be distinguished from the longﬁn sanddab by the length of the pectoral ﬁn on the eyed side. It is always shorter than the head of the Paciﬁc sanddab and longer than the head of the longﬁn. Sanddabs are always left-eyed and can be distinguished from other left-eyed flatfish by their lateral lines, which are nearly straight for their entire length.