Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis (Walbaum, 1792)
Megrim
photo by Dolgov, A.

Family:  Scophthalmidae (Turbots)
Max. size:  60 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,012.6 g; max. reported age: 16 years
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 100 - 700 m
Distribution:  Northeast Atlantic: Iceland southward to Cape Bojador (26°N), West Sahara and in the western Mediterranean.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 85-94; Anal soft rays: 64-74. Dorsal fin origin closer to tip of snout than to anterior edge of eye. Dorsal and anal fins terminate just a little on the blind side of the caudal peduncle. Lateral line forms a distinct curve above the pectoral fin. Dorsal and anal fin with indefinite darker spots posteriorly.
Biology:  Adults occur on soft bottoms. Depth range from 100-400 m (Ref. 06302) and from 288-700 m in the eastern Ionian Sea (Ref. 56504). Feed on small bottom-living fishes as well as squids and crustaceans (Ref. 4703). Spawning occurs in deep waters off Iceland and west of the British Isles (Ref. 35388).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 15.12.16
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 02.03.94

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