Hippoglossoides platessoides

Author: Fabricius, 1780

Hippoglossoides platessoides Fabricius, 1780

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Hippoglossoides platessoides (Fabricius, 1780) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: branchiostegal rays 8. Dorsal finrays 76-101; anal finrays 60-79. Lateral line scales 85-97. Colour: brownish, sometimes with darkcr spots of varying size. Size: to about 50 cm SL, seldom more than 30 cm.

Habitat: on soft bottoms, most often at depths of 10-400 m. Food: bottom invertebrates and small fishes. Reproduction: spawns between January and June. Commercial importance: none, and is rather considered an unwanted competitor to more valuable commercial bottomfishes.

Distribution: off eastern Greenland and from the English Channel to the coast of Murmansk. Elsewhere, off western Greenland and from Newfoundland to Cape Cod.


Hippoglossoides platessoides platessoides: 41-43 scales between lateral line and middle of back; Greenland and western Atlantic (Clofnam
Eggs, larvae and young stages. Huntsman, 1918: 14.
Otoliths (sagitta). Norman, 1934, fig. 8F.

Hippoglossoides platessoides limandoides: 25-40 scales between lateral line and middle of back; eastern Atlantic (Clofnam
Eggs, larvae and young stages. Ehrenbaum, 1905: 182-188 | Norman, 1934: 298.
Otoliths (sagitta). Schmidt, 1968: 62.