The brill, Scophthalmus rhombus, is a species of flatfish in the turbot family (Scophthalmidae) of the order Pleuronectiformes. Brill can be found in the North Atlantic, Baltic Sea, and Mediterranean, primarily in deeper offshore waters.
Brill have slender bodies, brown covered with lighter and darker coloured flecks, excluding the tailfin; the underside of the fish is usually cream coloured or pinkish white. Like other flatfish the brill has the ability to match its colour to the surroundings. Brills are on average between 40Â cm to 75Â cm in length and weigh up 3Â kg. Part of the dorsal fin of the fish is not connected to the fin membrane, which gives the fish a frilly appearance. They are sometimes confused with the Turbot (Psetta maxima), which is more diamond-shaped, which is related and with which hybrids can be produced. On the west coast of Canada local fisherman refer to the Petrale Sole, Eopsetta jordanii, as brill.
Name in other languages
- Scophthalmus rhombus Marine Life Encyclopedia
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Scophthalmus rhombus" in FishBase. February 2006 version.
- "Scophthalmus rhombus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 18 April 2006.Â
- Brill, in What Am I Eating? A Food Dictionary