Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Melanonidae
Etymology: Melanonus: Greek, melan, -anos = black Greek, onos = hake. More on author: Günther.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 150 - 3613 m (Ref. 11892), usually 600 - 1100 m (Ref. 9563). Deep-water; 50°S - 69°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5209)
Circumpolar in subantarctic and temperate waters, occasionally being taken in the tropics (Ref. 6525). South Atlantic south of the Subtropical Convergence. Also captured recently in Prydz Bay, Antarctica.
Oceanic species. Also mesopelagic (Ref. 7300). Has been recorded from over the continental slope in depths of 600 to 1,100 m (Ref. 9563). Biology unknown (Ref. 7130).
Chiu, T.S. and D.F. Markle, 1990. Melanonidae. p. 188-189. In O. Gon and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Fishes of the Southern Ocean. J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Ref. 5209)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .