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Solenette underside

Solenette, underside

The Solenette (Buglossidium luteum) can grow to 10 cm.

IdentificationEdit

A 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.
Solenette

Solenette, upper side

BreedingEdit

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.

HabitatEdit

Lives on sandy bottoms, typically less than 20 m deep.

FoodEdit

Feeds on small invertebrates.

RangeEdit

Throughout UK waters.

ReferencesEdit

The Aquarium Project

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