|PISCES : PLEURONECTIFORMES : Pleuronectidae||BONY FISH|
Description: The dab is similar in shape to the plaice and flounder and also has both eyes on the right-hand side of the body. The upper surface is usually pale brown in colour with scattered darker blotches and speckles, however the pectoral fins may be orange. The most distinctive characteristic of the dab is the lateral line which has a strong semi-circular curve above the pectoral fin. This species rarely grows to over 40cm long and most individuals are less than 30cm.
Habitat: The dab lives mainly on sandy seabeds and is usually encountered at depths between 20-40m. It feeds on brittlestars, small sea-urchins, hermit-crabs, amphipods, worms, molluscs and sand-eels.
Distribution: Common all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland, particularly in the North Sea.
Similar Species: The dab is similar in overall appearance to the plaice and flounder but can be distinguished by the characteristic shape of the lateral line.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
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