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Species: Merluccius productus, North-Pacific hake, Pacific hake

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head < 29% SL
D2 39-44
gill rakers 18-23

Merluccius productus (Ayres, 1855)

Pacific hake, North-Pacific hake

Body elongate, compressed, tapering to a narrow tail base; head short (24.7-28.9% of SL), flattened, with a V shape crest on top; large eyes and mouth, lower jaw slightly projecting; jaw teeth long, strong and pointed, in 2 irregular rows; teeth on center but not sides of roof of mouth; 18-23 gill rakers; 2 separate dorsal fins, the 1st  shorter and triangular, (I, 9-12) the 2nd  with a long base and partly divided by a notch, 39-44 rays; anal fin similar to 2nd  dorsal fin, 36-42; well developed, non filamentous pelvic fins, 7 rays, situated before the pectorals; tail fin short, slightly forked; scales small, 125-144 on the lateral line.

Silvery above, whitish below.

Size: 91cm.

Habitat: pelagic.

Depth: 12-1400 m.

Oregon to and throughout the Gulf of California; the Revillagigedos

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • In & Offshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic crustacea
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • TEP non-endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • All species
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • California province, primarily
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 91
Depth Range Min
  • 12
Depth Range Max
  • 1400