Species catalogue


Order Pleuronectiformes
Family Pleuronectidae

Large fish, measuring up to 1.2 m in length and reaching 200 kg in weight, although there are rare specimens up to 3 m and 320 kg. It has a very robust morphology. It has an oval, elongated and fleshy body. It has large jaws whose posterior border exceeds half of the eye. The lower jaw is prominent and is armed with strong teeth. The lateral line is strongly arched above the pectoralis. Its coloration varies from olive to black. The lower area is white.

FAO code
Hippoglossus hippoglossus
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
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International denominations
Germany Atlantischer Heilbutt
China 大西洋庸鲽
France Flétan de l'Atlantique
Italy Ippoglosso atlantico
Portugal Alabote do Atlantico
United Kingdom Halibut
Japan Ohyô
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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