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.
The brill have slender bodies, brown with lighter and darker coloured flecks covering its body, 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 40 cm to 75 cm in length and weigh up 3 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. On the west coast of Canada local fisherman refer to the Petrale Sole, Eopsetta jordanii as brill.
Name in other languages 
- ^ Whiteman, Kate (2000). The world encyclopedia of Fish and Shellfishes. Hermes House. p. 256. ISBN 1-84309-666-8.
External links 
- Brill, in What Am I Eating? A Food Dictionary