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Pleuronectes platessa, is a flatfish that is found everywhere in Danish waters. It is also widespread from the Mediterranean to Iceland and the White Sea. It prefers places where the bottom consists of rock, sand and gravel. The young plaice are found in shallow water, while the adults prefer 10-50 meters depth.
The plaice is most active in the dark hours of the day, while hiding on the bottom during the day. It changes color according to the color and structure of the bottom.

The plaice can grow up to 100 centimeters, but in Denmark it rarely exceeds 50 centimeters. The typical plaice is between 25 and 40 cm long and weighs about 1 kg.
The plaice is known for its brown skin with the characteristic red spots on the upper side. The underside is snow white that feels silky.
Its scales are small and smooth and not roofed. The mouth is small with rather thick lips. Both eyes are usually found on the right side of the fish. On the upper side, the plaice is often brownish with a greenish tinge and with scattered reddish spots, often surrounded by light or dark rings. The underside is white.

The plaice is probably the world’s most famous flatfish due to its tasty meat, almost creamy texture and versatile cooking options. The plaice is rich in protein, it contains very little fat and no carbohydrates. Plaice are a good source of the healthy omega 3 acids, vitamin D and have a high content of selenium.