The dab is similar in shape to the plaice and flounder and also has both eyes on the right-hand side of the body. The upper surface is usually pale brown in colour with scattered darker blotches and speckles, however the pectoral fins may be orange. The most distinctive characteristic of the dab is the lateral line which has a strong semi-circular curve above the pectoral fin. This species rarely grows to over 40cm long and most individuals are less than 30cm. The dab is similar in overall appearance to the plaice and flounder but can be distinguished by the characteristic shape of the lateral line.
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