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Turbot off Alderney

The Turbot (Psetta maxima) can grow up to 60cm in length.

IdentificationEdit

The body outline of the turbot is almost circular. The upper side lacks scales, but has many bony tubercules. Males tend to be smaller than females.

BreedingEdit

Breeding occurs in April-August at depths of 10-40 m. Females may each produce over 10 million eggs. The planktonic young move to the bottom at about 4-6 months, to inhabit shallow inshore waters. Turbot reach sexual maturity at about 5 years, when 30-40 cm long.

HabitatEdit

Turbot generally inhabit waters of 20-80 m, on both sandy and rocky ground.

FoodEdit

Food consists mainly of small fish, such as sandeels, gobies and sprats, but turbot may also take crustaceans and molluscs.

RangeEdit

The turbot has a widespread distribution throughout UK waters.

Additional NotesEdit

The flesh of the turbot is highly prized, making it a valuable commercial species, both through trawling and aquaculture.

ReferencesEdit

The Aquarium Project

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