Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Macrouridae
(Grenadiers or rattails) > Macrouroidinae
Etymology: Squalogadus: Latin, squalidus = pale, weak + Latin, gadus = a fish, cod? (Ref. 45335). More on author: Gilbert, Hubbs.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 600 - 1740 m (Ref. 75154). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3587)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Dark brown, becoming blackish on the gular and branchiostegal membranes. Inside of mouth and gill cover black. Head fully scaled, mandibular band is narrow (Ref. 37108). Orbit tiny, about 10% of head length, placed forward of small, inferior mouth. Chin barbel absent. First gill slit not restricted by membranous folds of skin, outer gill rakers long, slender. Branchiostegal rays 7. Anus immediately before anal fin. Tail straplike. Anal fin long, poorly developed. No light organ. Swimbladder regressed. (Ref 1371)
Atlantic and Pacific: Eastern Atlantic: off Gabon. Western Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico. Western Pacific: off Japan; New Zealand (Ref. 5755). Southeast Pacific: Nazca and Sala-y-Gomez.
Live at midwater as well as benthopelagic levels (Ref. 37108).
Geistdoerfer, P., 1990. Macrouridae. p. 541-563. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 2.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00230 (-0.15803 - 0.16263), b=3.17 (3.08 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 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 (41 of 100) .