Body broadly oval; smooth, without tubercles: first rays of the dorsal half free, and branched at their extremities.
P. Rhombus, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. i. p. 458. Block, Ichth. pl. 43. Don. Brit. Fish. vol. iv. pl. 95. Sow. Brit. Misc. pl. 50. Turt. Brit. Faun. p. 97. Flem. Brit. An. p. 196. Rhombus non aculeatus squamosus, Will. Hist. Pise. p. 95. tab. F. 1. Pearl, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. p. 238. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. Iff. p. 321. pl. 50. La Barbue, Cuv. Reg. An. torn. ii. p. 341.
From twelve to eighteen inches; sometimes more.
(Form). Very similar to the Turbot, but of a more oval form: breadth not so great, contained about once and a half in the entire length: upper surface perfectly smooth, without any osseous tubercles: lateral line arched above the pectorals, but the curvature not so great as in that species: the first four or five rays of the dorsal fin half free, and divided at their extremities: in most other respects the two species are similar:
D. 71; A. 57; C. 16; P. 12; V. 6.*
(Colours). Rather darker than the Turbot: upper surface deep brown, with numerous dusky and white spots; sometimes intermixed with yellowish: beneath white: fins spotted.
Met with in the same localities as the last species, and more abundantly. Does not attain to so great a size. Flesh less esteemed. Is sometimes called a Pearl.