Greenland Halibut/Turbot | Oceana Canada

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Greenland Halibut/Turbot

Reinhardtius hippoglossoides

Also known as

Newfoundland turbot, flatty, turbot, blue halibut, black halibut

Distribution

Circumpolar. In the northeast Pacific from Alaska to Mexico, and in the northwest Atlantic

Écosystèmes/habitats

Soft bottoms in arctic and temperate waters

Feeding Habits

Active predator

Conservation Status

Not listed

Taxonomie

Order Pleuronectiformes (flatfishes); Family Pleuronectidae (right-eye flounders)

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Greenland halibut are a large flatfish that have both eyes on the right side of their head. Their close relatives, the Atlantic halibut and Pacific halibut, use this design to swim flat against the ocean floor, as do Greenland halibut. However, Greenland halibut are also known to swim vertically, thanks to their eyes being closer to the front of their head than their relatives, allowing them to look forward while swimming upright. Greenland halibut use this ability to swim vertically to help them migrate and forage for food.