The starry flounder is a master of camouflage. Although they are limited to black, brown, grey, and white, starry flounder can change their color and the diameter of their spots to better match their surroundings. Flounder can even match checkerboard patterns with an impressive degree of accuracy.
Despite being a small fish, the starry flounder may live up to 24 years. Although most only weigh a few pounds, some individuals may grow up to 20 lbs (9 kg). Like all flounder, starry flounder go through metamorphosis in which they shift from swimming vertically, like most fish, to lying flat on the seafloor.