IdentificationEditA small, right-sided flatfish, similar to the sole, with small eyes and curved mouth. Colour brownish, with evenly-spaced black rays on dorsal and anal fins. Unlike juvenile sole, the solenette has no black markings on the pectoral fin.
Breeds spring-early summer. Eggs hatch at 5-6 days, metamorphosing and then moving to the bottom at approx 1 cm. Sexually mature at about 7 cm.
Lives on sandy bottoms, typically less than 20 m deep.
Feeds on small invertebrates.
Throughout UK waters.
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