• Yellowfin sole

Latin name

Limanda aspera

Other names

Limanda asprella Hubbs, Pleuronectes asper Pallas.


Body large and broad, mouth small. The lateral line is strongly curved above the pectoral fins. The snout is very short, its length not exceeding the diameter of the eye. The lateral line has 80-89 scales. 

Fish colouring

A narrow black stripe runs along the dorsal and anal fins on the eye side. Blind side white, dorsal and anal fins yellow from underneath with bluish-grey margin and white ray tips.


Widespread, inhabiting the seas of the North Pacific, penetrating along the Asian coast to Busan, along the American coast to Vancouver Island, entering the Chukchi Sea in the north.


Leads a benthic lifestyle. It stays close to the shore at a depth of 15-80 metres, mainly over sandy substrates. In winter it moves away from the coast to deeper depths, staying mainly at 250-400 metres.


A large flounder that can reach a length of 49 cm and a weight of 1.7 kg. 


It winters at depths of 150-250m, but in April, after the longhead, it comes to the coast to spawn, where it remains until September.

Food and feeding habits

Their diet is based on crustaceans, molluscs, worms and small fish.


Spawning takes place near the coast in shallow water. It usually peaks in mid-summer. Fecundity is relatively high.


It is a valuable commercial species with an excellent flavour. 

Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Pleuronectiformes
Family Pleuronectidae
Genus Limanda
Species L. aspera
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Bottom
Life span, years 13
Maximum body weight, kg 1,7
Maximum length, cm 49
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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Yellowfin sole

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