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Southern blue whiting

Order Gadiformes
Family Gadidae

Marine fish with fusiform body, typical of a good swimmer, the maximum height at the level of the first dorsal. Parallel lateral line to the back, small flakes. Relatively small head, large eyes, occupy 25% of head length. Pointed snout. The mouth is semi-slit, wide opening, the posterior end reaching almost at the level of the orbits. Tiny teeth in mandibles and vomer. Fins: Three dorsal fins, the first two very similar to each other and the third with the highest base and lowest. Flow through. Two annals, the first with a greater base than the second one, both lower than the dorsal ones. Short pectorals, located in the center of the flanks. Small pelvic, jugular position. Coloration: dark blue on the back, clear on the flanks, silvery on the belly. Dorsal, pectoral and caudal fins, dark, pelvic and anal clear.

FAO code
Micromesistius australis
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 48: the Antarctic part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
International denominations
Germany Südlicher Wittling
France Merlan bleu du sud
Italy Melù australe
Portugal Verdinho austral
United Kingdom Southern blue whiting
Japan Patagonia-minamidara
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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