- This article is about the Pacific Dover sole, not to be confused with the European common sole, often called the Dover sole.
Dover sole, Microstomus pacificus, is a Pacific
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The flatfish are an order of ray-finned fish, also called the Heterosomata, sometimes classified as a suborder of Perciformes. In many species, both eyes lie on one side of the head, one or the other migrating through and around the head during development...
of the flounder family
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which ranges from Baja California
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to the Bering Sea
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. It takes its name from a resemblance to the common sole of Europe
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, which is often called a 'Dover sole'.
Dover sole can live for 45 years. They spawn
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annually in the winter season in deepwater between 800 and 1,000 metres. Males begin to spawn at four years of age, while females begin to spawn at age five.
Dover sole is generally grilled
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on the bone and is characterized by a light taste.