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Hippoglossus hippoglossus (Pieni).jpg
Atlantic Halibut (H. hippoglossus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Pleuronectiformes
Family: Pleuronectidae
Subfamily: Pleuronectinae
Genus: Hippoglossus
G. Cuvier, 1816

Hippoglossus is a genus of very large righteye flounders with one species native to the north Atlantic Ocean and one to the north Pacific Ocean.[1]


The word hippoglossus is derived from the Greek ίππος, hippos, meaning "horse", and γλώσσος, glossus, meaning "tongue" - a reference to the shape of the fish.


There are two species in this genus:[1]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). Species of Hippoglossus in FishBase. May 2006 version.