Microstomus kitt (Walbaum, 1792)
Lemon sole
Microstomus kitt
photo by Dolgov, A.

Family:  Pleuronectidae (Righteye flounders), subfamily: Pleuronectinae
Max. size:  65 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 2,950.0 g; max. reported age: 23 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range 10 - 200 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Northeast Atlantic: Bay of Biscay to the White Sea and off Iceland.
Diagnosis:  Small head and mouth. Body is oval. Skin is marbled and smooth. Lateral line almost straight, slight curve above the pectoral fin (Ref. 35388).
Biology:  Lives most often on stony bottoms. Feeds on a variety of small invertebrates, but polychaetes seem to dominate. Apparently they do not feed in wintertime (Ref. 9900). Marketed fresh and frozen; eaten steamed, fried, broiled, microwaved and baked (Ref. 9988).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.03.04
Checked by: Hensley, Dannie - 27.10.95

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