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Southern hake

Order Gadiformes
Family Merlucciidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Long body. The dorsal part begins with a flattening in the head, to the height of about half of the orbits, then rises to become slightly convex in all its extension. With scales on head and body. Robust head. Big mouth with teeth in jaws and vomer. Fins very similar to Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi). The color of the back is dark gray with violet reflections, and iridescent white belly. It can measure up to 120 cm.

FAO code
Merluccius australis
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov
International denominations
Germany Südlicher Seehecht
France Merlu austral
Italy Nasello australe
Portugal Pescada da Nova Zelândia
United Kingdom Southern hake
Japan Nyujiirando-heiku
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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