Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Moridae
Etymology: Physiculus: Diminutive of Greek, physa = tube. More on author: Alcock.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 300 - 549 m (Ref. 26165). Deep-water
Indo-Pacific: Bay of Bengal in the eastern Indian Ocean to western Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the south China Sea; including New Caledonia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.0 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 26165)
A benthic species found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Paulin, C.D. and C.D. Roberts, 1997. Review of the morid cods (Teleostei, Paracanthopterygii, Moridae) of New Caledonia, southwest Pacific Ocean, with description of a new species of Gadella. p. 17-41. In B. Séret (ed.) Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM. Mem. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (MMNHN), 174. (Ref. 31777)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 7 - 13.7, mean 10.4 (based on 205 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00363 (0.00183 - 0.00721), b=3.13 (2.95 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>3).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100) .