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Turbot - (PSETTA MAXIMA)

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TURBOT / PSETTA MAXIMA
4 8 6.69 14.12 Dartmouth England 160885 L. Saunders
6 12 11.79 26.0 Newhaven England 130690 P. Dalby
8 16 9.50 20.15 Hirtshals North Sea 020685  H. Moller
10 20 7.71 17.0 Pevensey Bay England 160690  J. Whippy
15 30 8.16 18.0 Brixham England 030678  R. Hansson
*AT AT 15.30 33.12 Salcombe England 80 R. Simcox
*SH SH 12.92 28.8 Dunwich England 73 J. Dorling

The Turbot (PSETTA MAXIMA)

is found on sandy bottoms, gravel or shell gravel from about 20 m to a depth of 80 m but occasionally on muddy bottoms or areas of mixed sand and rock. Young fish may be found inshore in the breaker zone or in shore pools. May also occur in brackish waters.

A large, rounded flatfish with a broad body only one and a half times as long as wide. Usually 50-80 cm in length but can occasionally reach up to 1 m in length. The turbot (PSETTA MAXIMA) lays on its right side with left side uppermost. The eyes are on the upper left side.

The mouth is large, curved and to the left of the eyes. The dorsal fin starts at the snout in front of the left eye. Neither the dorsal or anal fins continues under the tail. The skin bears no scales but scattered strong bony tubercles on the upper body surface instead.

Turbot

The lateral line is strongly arched over the pectoral fin. Colouration is variable and the fish can change colour to match its background. It is usually a dull sandy-brown to grey, with minute brown, blackish or greenish specks scattered over the body and extending onto the fins. The tail is strongly speckled to its tip. The underside is white occasionally with darker blotches.

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