Limanda limanda

Author: Linnaeus, 1758

Limanda limanda Linnaeus, 1758

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Limanda limanda (Linnaeus, 1758) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: dorsal finrays 65-81; anal finrays 50-64. Lateral line scales 73-90. Colour: eyed side often with small rusty-red spots. Size: to 40 cm SL, seldom more than 30 cm.

Habitat: on sandy bottoms, from a few metres to about 100 m. Food: mainly crustaceans and small fishes. Reproduction: spawns from January to August; larvae settle at depths of 10-20 m. Commercial importance: caught as by-catch and mainly marketed as fillets.

Distribution: eastern Atlantic, from Bay of Biscay to White Sea, also Iceland.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Ehrenbaum, 1905: 151-156 | Norman, 1934: 334 (references).
Otoliths (sagitta). Scott, 1906: 74, pl. II B (fig. 28-29) | Chaine, 1936: 130, pl. V (fig. 8) | Schmidt, 1968: 61.