Pleuronectes platessa

Habitat: Estuaries, muddy and sandy sea floor
Depth: 1-200m
Food: Molluscs, shrimps, brittlestars and worms
Length: Up to 50cm
Lifespan: 40 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)

The plaice is a right-eyed flatfish with bright orange spots scattered over its back. Like all flatfish, it hatches from its egg looking like a regular fish, then flattens out as one eye moves over to one side of the body – the right side in this case. Flatfish only have colour on the upper surface and the underside is completely white.

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