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Species: Phycis chesteri, Longfin Hake

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D1 short-base, long 1st ray
D2 long base, straight edge
each pelvic = 2 v long rays, pass A base

Phycis chesteri Goode & Bean, 1878

Longfin Hake

Body soft, elongate, tail base narrow; no V shaped ridge on top of head; gill openings wide, extending above pectoral fins; mouth large, extends to under center of eye or further back, overhung by snout; chin barbel short; well developed patch of teeth on front of roof of mouth; fins without spines; 2 dorsal fins, 1st short based and triangular, 8-13 rays, 1st ray very long (>head length), second long based, with straight edge, 55-57; 1 anal fin, long based, without an indentation on edge; pelvic fins under end of opercle, bases well separated, with 2 rays forming long feelers, longest ray reaching to or past end of anal fin base; tail fin separate from dorsal and anal fins, small, rounded; pectoral fin not reaching beyond anal fin origin; scales round, overlapping, not set at right angles; lateral line complete, part on head with pores.

Olive on sides, belly pale; edges of dorsal, tail and anal fins darker.

Reaches 40 cm.

On and above bottom.

Depth range: 90-1500 m, commonest at 360-800 m.

Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Water column
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 40
Depth Range Min
  • 90
Depth Range Max
  • 1500