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Sand sole (Pegusa lascaris)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

Pegusa lascaris, has an elongated oval body up to 40 cm in length. It is right-handed with its eyes on the right side of the body. The dorsal and anal fins are smoothly curved and are joined to the caudal fin by a low membrane. The lateral line is curved just behind the eyes. It is yellowish-brown on the eye side with small brown spots. The pectoral fin has a dark spot with a light yellow border.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Found in the English Channel and off south-west England and Wales.

Global distribution

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Habitat

The sand sole is a demersal species usually found on gravels, sand or muddy seabeds in shallow waters from 20 m down to 50 m depth.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Oval body up to 40 cm in length.
  • Pectoral fin on blind side and eyed side equal in size.
  • Dorsal and anal fins joined to caudal fin.
  • Enlarged anterior nostril rosette-shaped and close to the posterior nostril.
  • Small dark brown spots on light brown body.
  • Black patch surrounded by yellow and white on the pectoral fins.

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Bibliography

  1. Froese, R. & Pauly, D., 2007. Fishbase. A global information system on fishes. [On-line] http://www.fishbase.org, 2008-02-18

  2. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  3. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

  4. OBIS,  2017. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2017-11-20

  5. Whitehead, P.J.P., Bauchot, M.-L., Hureau, J.-C., Nielson, J. & Tortonese, E. 1986. Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Vol. I, II & III. Paris: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Barnes, M.K.S. 2008. Pegusa lascaris Sand sole. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/165

Last Updated: 02/06/2008