Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Gadidae
(Cods and haddocks)
Etymology: Microgadus: Greek, mikros = samll + Latin, gadus = a fish, cod? (Ref. 45335); proximus: From the Latin 'proximus' meaning next (Ref. 6885).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; brackish; demersal; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 275 m (Ref. 1371), usually 25 - 120 m (Ref. 1371). Temperate, preferred 5°C (Ref. 107945); 62°N - 36°N, 170°W - 121°W (Ref. 1371)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27436)
Eastern Pacific: southeastern Bering Sea to central California, USA.
Generally found over sand (Ref. 1371). May enter brackish water (Ref. 1371). Young move into shallow waters in summer and fall, whereas adults usually stay in deeper waters (Ref. 28499). Feeds on shrimps, amphipods, isopods, gastropods, mussels and fishes (Ref. 1371). An important prey species (Ref. 2850).
Oviparous, sexes are separate (Ref. 205).
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00851 (0.00436 - 0.01660), b=3.08 (2.91 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.59 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=2).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .