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Patagonian toothfish

Order Perciformes
Family Nototheniidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Robust body with rounded contour, slightly compressed and covered with small scales. Big head with pointed snout. Terminal mouth with inferior prognathism. Side and large eyes. A single nostril on each side, located near the eye. Two dorsal fins, the first consisting of hard radii, triangular in shape by the relative size of the spokes and the second with soft radii, with a longer base than the first and uniform height. Flow truncated. Anal base smaller than the second dorsal and of similar height. The pectorals begin below the sharpened end of the operculum, in the midline of the flanks, with a high base and rounded shape, the length varies according to the size of the individual, relatively longer in the youngest. The ventral are short, they begin in front of the bases of the pectorals. Coloration: dark gray on the back and flanks, clearing in the ventral zone. Spiny portion of dorsal bordered dark gray.

Characteristics
FAO code
TOP
Specie
Dissostichus eleginoides
Type
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 48: the Antarctic part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 58: the Antarctic and Southern parts of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 88: the Antarctic part of the Pacific Ocean
International denominations
Germany Schwarzer Seehecht
France Légine australe
Italy Austromerluzzo
Portugal Marlonga negra
United Kingdom Patagonian toothfish
Fishing areas
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Hooks
Trawls

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