Scophthalmus maximus

Habitat: Sandy and stony sea floor
Depth: 20-70m
Food: Bottom dwelling small fish and invertebrates
Length: Up to 1m
Lifespan: 25 years
Conservation Status: Not Evaluated (NE)

The turbot is different from flounders, plaice and soles as it lies on its right side. Its skin does not have scales but is covered in bony plates with small spines. A prized commercial species. the turbot is itself a voracious predator, lying camouflaged on the sea bed then pouncing on passing herring, sandeels or other fish.

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