Hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus)


The Hogchoker is widespread along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Massachusetts to South America. This is a predominantly marine species that is also found in freshwater streams and rivers on the Coastal Plain, often over soft substrate. Like all flatfishes, Hogchokers have both eyes on one side of their head. They differ from other flatfishes in the region by having their eyes on the right side of their head and a straight lateral line. Hogchokers are small flatfish with a maximum size of only eight inches.