Genypterus blacodes (Forster, 1801)
Pink cusk-eel
Genypterus blacodes
photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Ophidiinae
Max. size:  200 cm SL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 25 kg; max. reported age: 30 years
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 22 - 1000 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: southern Australia and around New Zealand. Southeast Pacific: Chile (Ref. 9068). Southwest Atlantic: Brazil (Ref. 4517).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 141-164; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 101-126; Vertebrae: 68-70. Body pinkish yellow, marbled with irregular reddish brown blotches dorsally (Ref. 27363).
Biology:  Common species (Ref. 34024). Found between depths of 22 m (Ref. 58489) and 1000 m (Ref. 33848). Feed mainly on crustaceans such as Munida and scampi and also on fish. Also caught above the bottom when feeding on hoki (Macruronus novaezelandiae) during the hoki spawning season. Available all year round. Juveniles are found in shallower shelf waters (Ref. 6390). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205). Utilized fresh, frozen or smoked; can be fried and baked (Ref. 9988, 34024).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.02.14
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 20.08.98

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