Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Pleuronectiformes > Family: Pleuronectidae > Genus: Pleuronectes > Species: Pleuronectes platessa

European plaice - Pleuronectes platessa Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Natura 2000 species code 5790

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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
Not Evaluated
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

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
An leathóg bhallach Irish (recte Irish Gaelic) Fishbase
Carrelet French Fishbase
European plaice English Fishbase
Flatfish English Fishbase
Gladzica Polish Fishbase
Glossá-chomatída Greek Fishbase
Glossáki-chomatida Greek Fishbase
Goldbutt German Fishbase
Gullflyndre Norwegian Fishbase
Hen fish English Fishbase
Iverak Serbian Fishbase
Leathóg Irish (recte Irish Gaelic) Fishbase
Morska plošča Slovenian Fishbase
Passera Italian Fishbase
Pisi baligi Turkish Fishbase
Plaice English Fishbase
Plaice-fluke English Fishbase
Plie French Fishbase
Plie commune French Fishbase
Plie d'Europe French Fishbase
Punakampela Finnish Fishbase
Rödspätta Swedish Fishbase
Rödspotta Swedish Fishbase
Rødspette Norwegian Fishbase
Rødspætte Danish Fishbase
Schol Dutch Fishbase
Scholle German Fishbase
Schullen German Fishbase
Skålla Swedish Fishbase
Skarkoli Icelandic Fishbase
Solha Portuguese Fishbase
Solla Italian Fishbase
Solla Spanish Fishbase
Solla europa Spanish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Platessa vulgaris Cloquet, 1826
Pleuronectes borealis Faber, 1828
Platessa latus Cuvier, 1829
Pleuronectes platesa baltica Nilsson, 1855
Platessa platessa (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pleuronectes platessa baltica Nilsson, 1855
Pleuronectes platessus Linnaeus, 1758
Pleuronectes latus Cuvier, 1829

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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