Found in the North-east Atlantic from the North Sea and waters of British Islands to West Africa. Also occurs in the South Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Benthic species present in the depth range 0 to 150 m. They inhabit sandy and muddy bottoms. Adult diet consists of polychaetes, small crustaceans and molluscs.
Mainly caught using beam trawl but also by otter trawls, gillnets and trammel nets.
DID YOU KNOW
The common sole, just like all other flatfishes, begin life as an "ordinary" fish with one eye on each side of the body.