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Common Dab – Limanda limanda

“The Marine Flora & Fauna of Norway”, by KГҐre Telnes
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  • Unidentified
  • Kingdom:Animalia
  • Phylum:Chordata
  • Subphylum:Vertebrata
  • Superclass:Gnathostomata
  • Class:Actinopterygii
  • Order:Pleuronectiformes
  • Family:Pleuronectidae
  • Scientific name:Limanda limanda
  • Norwegian: sandflyndre

Characteristics:

The common dab is a right-eyed flounder that may reach a length of 40 cm and a weight of 1,5 kg. The color is sandy brown, usually with a large number light and dark blotches. It may sometimes be confused with the plaice due to the rust-colored spots, but can be distinguished from this by the lateral line which is curved around the upper pectoral fin.

Habitat:

It is common on sandy bottoms all along the Norwegian coast. It can be found on any depth from the tidal zone and down to 150 meters. The common dab tolerates low salinity well.

Distribution:

The common dab is registered in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, from the White Sea and Iceland to the Bay of Biscay.

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Common dab

The common dab is a very common type of flat fish in the sea. This is partly because the dab is not fussy when it comes to food and will happily eat starfish, sea worms, sand eels, whelks, and other types of shellfish. The flesh of the dab is white and it has a characteristic light-brown skin with erect scales. It also has a small head.

Basic techniques: frying, smoking, grilling, marinating, cooking sous-vide, roasting, deep-frying, browning, gratineeing, barbecuing.

Taste combinations: Garlic, aioli, nuts, onion, leek, vadouvan, fried potato, mangetout, sugar snap peas, fennel, green herbs, white wine, citrus, mayonnaise, spinach, sorrel.

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