Subrhomboidal: lateral line strongly curved above the pectoral: body rough throughout; the scales with ciliated margins: teeth sharp, a little distant from each other.
* Nat. Misc. vol. vii. pl. 238.
† Edinb. Journ. of Nat. and Geog. Sci. vol. II. p. 99. pl. 2.
P. Limanda, Flem. Brit. An. p. 198. Pleuronectes Limanda, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. i. p. 457. Block, Ichth. pl. 46. Don. Brit. Fish. vol. ii. pl. 44. Turt. Brit. Faun. p. 96. Passer asper sive squamosus, Will. Hist. Pise. p. 97. tab. F. 4. Dab, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. p. 230. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 308. Limande, Cuv. Reg. An. torn. ii. p. 339.
From six to nine, rarely twelve, inches.
(Form). General form similar to that of the Flounder: greatest breadth contained about twice and a half in the length, including caudal: head contained five times in the same: dorsal line nearly continuous with the profile, suffering very little depression above the eyes: teeth small; sharper and narrower than in either of the foregoing species, and not set quite so closely together: eyes large, but rather less prominent than in the Plaice; both equally advanced towards the mouth; between them a slightly projecting ridge, passing backwards in an ascending direction, but not accompanied by any osseous tubercles: lateral line at first strongly curved, but after passing the pectoral, straight to the end of its course: both sides of the body rough, but the upper one much the most so; the scales having their free edges ciliated: dorsal, anal, and caudal fins as in the Plaice: before the anal, a small, sharp, reclined spine, directed forwards: pectorals more than half the length of the head; first ray only half the length of the second; third longest; the first two and the last simple; the others branched: ventrals small, nearly in a line with the pectorals: number of fin-rays,
D. 72; A. 57; C. 18; P. 10; V. 6.
(Colours). Upper side of a uniform pale brown; sometimes clouded with shades of a darker tint, or with a few ill-defined spots: beneath white.
Rather less abundant than either of the foregoing species, and never attaining to so great a size. Found, nevertheless, on most parts of the British coast. Feeds on marine worms and small Crustacea. Spawns in May and June.