Lemon Sole

Fact File:

Common Name(s):
Lemon sole

Scientific Name:
Microstomus kitt

Usual Size:
25-30 cm

UK Record Weights from rod/line:

2-07-11 Victoria Pier, Isle of Man WN Callister 1980

2-02-00 Lochgoilhead, Firth of Clyde J Gordon 1976

MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

This right-sided flatfish has a smooth upper surface. Colouration is brownish with darker blotches, and the lateral line is straight with only a slight curve above the pectoral fin. The head and mouth are both very small.

Spawning occurs in about 100 m of water during April - August. The young become bottom-living at about 3 cm, and reach maturity at 3-4 years.

Typically found on hard or gravelly bottoms, at 20-150 m.

They feed on small invertebrates, such as worms, sandhoppers and barnacles.

Occurs throughout UK waters.

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