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Author: Pallas, 1811

Solea nasuta Pallas, 1811

Diagnosis: body oval. Fleshy lobe of snout well developed. Upper eye more than its diameter from dorsal profile of head. Anterior nostril on blind side enlarged, rosette-shaped, separated from posterior nostril; anterior nostril on eyed side with a backward-pointing tube. Dorsal fin beginning on the anterior head in front of the inter-ocular space, with 67-76 finrays; pectoral fin on eyed side with 9 finrays, on blind side almost equally developed; anal fin with 54-61 finrays; caudal fin joined to last dorsal and anal finrays by a low membrane. Lateral line with 113-175 pored scales, the supra-temporal branch forming a smoothly rounded curve. Colour: eyed side dark brown, densely marked with numerous more or less diffuse blackish spots; pectoral fin on eyed side with a central dark spot not ringed with white. Size: to 20 cm SL.

Habitat: benthic on sand in shallow waters. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Mediterranean (north central basin). Elsewhere, Black Sea and Sea of Azov.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Kyle, 1913: 128, pl. IV (fig. 40?) | Vodyanitzki & Kazanova, 1954: 292-293, fig. 36 (5 fig.) | Padoa, 1956: 867-868, pl. 49 (fig. 7-8).
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Snouted sole (Solea nasuta)