Distribution

Species of flatfishes have nearly global occurrence in marine habitats, ranging from Arctic and boreal marine waters to Antarctic and southern waters. They are distributed broadly throughout the world's temperate marine zones and are especially speciose in marine habitats in tropical regions. Within all regions, flatfishes are most diverse where extensive continental shelves with complex habitats are located in shallow water. The widest diversity of flatfish species occurs in the Indo-West Pacific region.

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