Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Merlucciidae
(Merluccid hakes) > Merlucciinae
Etymology: Merluccius: Latin, mar, maris = the sea + Latin, lucius = pike (Ref. 45335). More on author: Ginsburg.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 50 - 500 m (Ref. 1371). Deep-water; 4°S - 14°S
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 35.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 68.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1371); 115.0 cm TL (female); common length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1371); max. reported age: 13 years (Ref. 9722)
soft rays: 36 - 42. Caudal fin margin usually concave. Color is silvery on back, silvery whitish on belly. M. gayi gayi and M. gayi peruanus differ by the total number of vertebrae, total number of gill rakers and relative length of head (Ref. 1371).
Southeast Pacific: off the coast of Peru, from Paita southward to Huarmey.
Occurs from the shallow continental shelf to the upper continental slope (Ref. 1371). Sometimes found off the bottom or in midwater (Ref. 1371). Marketed fresh and frozen and also used for fishmeal (Ref. 1371).
Espino, M., R. Castillo and F. Fernandez, 1995. Biology and fisheries of Peruvian hake (M. gayi peruanus). p. 339-363. In J. Alheit and T. J. Pitcher (eds.) Hake:biology, fisheries and markets. Chapmanand Hall, London, 478 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: highly commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00886 (-0.24309 - 0.26081), b=3.03260 (2.90266 - 3.16254), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.3 ±0.8 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.19-0.21; tmax=13).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (54 of 100) .