Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Pleuronectiformes > Family: Pleuronectidae > Genus: Hippoglossus > Species: Hippoglossus hippoglossus

Atlantic halibut - Hippoglossus hippoglossus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Threat status Europe Vulnerable (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
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Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Alabote Portuguese Fishbase
Alabote-do-Atlântico Portuguese Fishbase
An haileabó Irish (recte Irish Gaelic) Fishbase
Atlantic halibut English Fishbase
Fletan Spanish Fishbase
Flétan de l'Atlantique French Fishbase
Fletán del Atlántico Spanish Fishbase
Halibut Italian Fishbase
Halibut Romanian Fishbase
Halibut Spanish Fishbase
Halibut bialy Polish Fishbase
Hälleflundra Swedish Fishbase
Heilagfiski Icelandic Fishbase
Heilbot Dutch Fishbase
Heilbutt German Fishbase
Helgeflundra Swedish Fishbase
Helleflynder Danish Fishbase
Hipogloso Spanish Fishbase
Hippóglossa Greek Fishbase
Koniski jezik Serbian Fishbase
Kveite Norwegian Fishbase
Lúða Icelandic Fishbase
Ruijanpallas Finnish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Pleuronectes hippoglossus Linnaeus, 1758
Hippoglossus vulgaris Fleming, 1828
Hippoglossus linnei Malm, 1877

Other resources

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External data

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