Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Moridae
Etymology: Notophycis: Greek, noton = back + see under genus Phycis.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range ? - 1200 m (Ref. 1371). Subtropical; 32°S - 61°S
Southeast Pacific and Southwest Atlantic: off southern Patagonia along the Argentine slope to 40°S and the Chilean coast to about 46°S. Southwest Pacific: on the rises to the east and south of New Zealand and off New South Wales and Tasmania in Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1371)
soft rays: 52 - 56;
Vertebrae: 51 - 53. Eye large, its diameter equal or greater than postorbital length of the head. Chin barbel present. Color pale pinkish; dorsal fin dusky distally; a dark spot at the tip of the first dorsal fin (Ref. 1371). Usually unpaired fins margined with black (Ref. 27363).
A benthic species found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154). Living from the inner shelf, in far southern South America, to depths beyond 1000 m.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Cohen, D.M., T. Inada, T. Iwamoto and N. Scialabba, 1990. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 10. Gadiform fishes of the world (Order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(10). Rome: FAO. 442 p. (Ref. 1371)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 1.9 - 8.6, mean 5.7 (based on 212 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [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 (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100) .