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Dover Sole (SOLEA SOLEA)

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SOLE, DOVER / SOLEA SOLEA
*AT AT 2.95 6.8 Alderney Channel Is. 91 N. Guilmoto
*SH SH 2.95 6.8 Alderney Channel Is. 91 N. Guilmoto

The Dover Sole (SOLEA SOLEA)

is found in the Eastern Atlantic (southward from Tronheim Fjord), the North Sea, the western Baltic, the Mediterranean, the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus, south-western Black Sea and elsewhere, southward to Senegal.

Body oval. Blind side of head covered with numerous small hair-like fringes; upper eye separated from dorsal profile of head by a distance distinctly greater than its diameter; anterior nostril of blind side surrounded by a small ridge but not enlarged, distance from this nostril to head profile contained 1.5 to 1.8 times in distance from nostril to mouth cleft; anterior nostril on eyed side with tube directed backwards, not reaching anterior margin of eye. Dorsal fin with 72 to 95 rays, its origin on dorsal profile of head before the eyes. Anal fin with 53 to 80 rays. Pectoral fins equally well developed on both sides, with 7 to 10 rays, the fin on eyed side asymmetrical in shape. Base of caudal fin united by a membrane to last ray of dorsal and anal fins, but caudal peduncle still distinct. Lateral line with 116 to 163 tubed scales, its supratemporal prolongation describing a smooth curve on head. Colour eyed side greyish brown to reddish brown; blind side white. Pectoral fin of eyed side with a black blotch restricted to distal end of fin; hind part of caudl darker than rest of fin.
dover sole (SOLEA SOLEA)

Benthic species on sandy and muddy bottoms,from the shore down to 300 m. Usually solitary. Feed polychaete worms, small soft-shelled bivalves, small fishes and crustaceans. Reproduction: spawns January-April, with two peaks in February (Mediterranean), or December-May (Bay of Biscay), or April-June (North Sea).

Occurs at a temperature range of 8.0-24.0°C (Ref. 4944). Usually solitary. Burrows into sandy and muddy bottoms. Retreats to deeper water during winter (Ref. 9988). Feeds on worms, mollusks and small crustaceans at night. Marketed fresh and frozen; utilized steamed, fried, broiled, microwaved and baked (Ref. 9988). Waden sea is the most important nursery area. Recruitment is very variable. During spawning migrations, frequently found pelagically

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