Sand sole (Pegusa lascaris)

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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



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


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.

Additional information

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  1. Froese, R. & Pauly, D., 2007. Fishbase. A global information system on fishes. [On-line], 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. 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).


  1. Isle of Wight Local Records Centre, 2017. IOW Natural History & Archaeological Society Marine Records. Occurrence dataset: accessed via on 2018-09-27.

  2. NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from:

  3. OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System),  2024. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Accessed: 2024-04-25


This review can be cited as:

Barnes, M.K.S. 2008. Pegusa lascaris Sand sole. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25-04-2024]. Available from:

Last Updated: 02/06/2008