Morphology Data of Pleuronectes platessa
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Stresemann, E., 1974
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase Skull, Spine

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features flatfish
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth superior
Type of scales cycloid scales
Diagnosis

Smooth with small scales. Bony ridge behind the eyes. Upper side brown or greenish brown with irregularly distributed bright red or orange spots. The underside is white. Lateral line straight, slightly curved above pectoral fin. Dorsal fin reaching eye. More than 30 vertebrae.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pleuronectes platessa

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 88 - 115
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes origin on head, nearly above eye
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 65 - 79
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 48 - 59

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   10 - 12
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Spines     0
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Froese, Rainer
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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