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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

45. Flounder
(Platichthys flesus)

45. Flounder

This smaller relative of the Plaice is common in estuaries, and is often found far upstream from the sea, if the river is not polluted. The upper side varies greatly in colour, from grey to black (according to the bottom on which the fish lives), with small spots and blotches; the lower side is normally white. The lateral line is almost straight (unlike that of the Dab, which makes a half circle above the pectoral fin). Also called Fluke and Butt. The largest specimen angled* weighed 5 lbs. 11½ oz.
* up to 1958