First record of abnormal pigmentation in a wild common sole, Solea solea L., from the Aegean Sea


Abstract: On 2 June 2010, an abnormally pigmented specimen of Solea solea L. with a total length of 222 mm was obtained near Tuzla, from the İzmir Bay of the Aegean Sea. This is the first record of abnormal pigmentation in the wild common sole from the Aegean Sea. The specimen fish is patterned with both hypermelanosis on the blind side and hypomelanosis on the ocular side. This kind of malpigmentation in any flatfish is not typical.

Keywords: Abnormal pigmentation, common sole, Solea solea, Aegean Sea

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