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Plaice, (Pleuronectes platessa), commercially valuable European flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae. The place, like others of its family, normally has both eyes on the right side of the head. It also has about four to seven bony bumps near its eyes. It reaches a maximum length of about 90 centimeters (36 inches) and is strikingly colored, with red or orange spots on a brown background. A plaice has an oval body that tapers toward the tail. The dorsal surface (upper surface) is rough and flat; the ventral surface (lower surface) is whitish and smooth. A plaice's color is gray or brown on the dorsal side, with many round white spots. The ventral side is white to tan in color with dark mottling. During the breeding season, the male becomes spotted and develops a prominent bump on its forehead. Males are larger than females for their species.  Plaice typically use camouflage as cover from predators. They have a large number of small dark brown or black spots that disrupt their outline and make them more difficult to see when they blend into the seafloor. Plaice are a widely distributed flatfish found in both coastal glasses of water along rocky bottoms as well as for offshore for sandy bottoms. Plaice have been known to travel from around the south of Portugal and Brittany in the west, to Norway and Iceland. In Eastern waters, plaice can be found from Siberia to Japan. Plaice have been recorded at depths of up to 3,000 meters. Plaice are predators that feed on a variety of crustaceans such as crabs, prawns, and amphipods. Plaice are also known to feed on fish such as sand eels, herring, whiting, hake, cod, saithe, and haddock. Plaice spawn in the spring or summer. A female can lay up to 300 million eggs over a two-month spawning period off the coast of Iceland. Juveniles begin feeding after hatching, and they reach sexual maturity between 1–2 years old. Females can spawn several times in their lifetime. The maximum age of plaice is 16 years old, however, the majority do not survive past 5 years. Plaice are an important fish to commercial fisheries as well as recreational fishing. They can be caught with a variety of fishing techniques and range in size from one-pound fish to larger than 40 pounds. They can also be found on restaurant menus, fresh or fried.

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