The Dab (Limanda limanda) grows to 25 cm.


White underneath and brown on the upper surface, with rough scales. The lateral line is strongly curved above the pectoral fin.


Breeding occurs in depths of 20-40 m - during early spring (Channel) to early summer (nothern North Sea). Females produce in the region of 100,000 eggs. Initially pelagic, the young move to the bottom before fully metamorphosed, which occurs at about 16 mm. Dabs reach sexual maturity at 2-3 years, when around 15 cm long.


The dab prefers sandy ground, often close inshore.


Brittlestars, small crustaceans, worms and molluscs. Larger dabs take small fish such as sprats.


Widespread throughout UK waters.

Additional NotesEdit

The flesh is tasty, and being commercially fished, is widely available.


The Aquarium Project

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