Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Macrouridae
(Grenadiers or rattails)
Etymology: Nezumia: A Japanese word that means "mouse" .
More on author: Gilbert.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; non-migratory; depth range 581 - 1660 m (Ref. 9315). Deep-water; 3°C - 6°C (Ref. 37930); 43°N - 15°N, 124°W - 101°W (Ref. 1371)
Eastern Central Pacific: off the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico and the Gulf of California. Occurs northward to Washington state (43°N) (Ref 37930).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1371)
Morphology | Morphometrics
spines: 0. Snout narrow, bluntly rounded, almost entirely bare, with a small inconspicuous scute at its tip. Suborbital ridge rounded and shallow in cross section, without scute-like scales. Cephalic pores of the lateralis system indistinct, but sensory papillae densely dispersed over the head. Pyloric caeca 25 to 37. Body scales small, easily shed, mostly without spinules, but some with slanting conical spinules. Overall color is Grayish brown with violet tinged; abdominal region, gill membranes and gill cover blackish; oral and branchial cavities and fins dusky to blackish.
Caught as a by-catch of trawlers fishing for Dover sole but of no commercial value (Ref. 9315). Problems with taxonomy. Shallowest depth record from Ref. 37930.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 3.8 - 4.9, mean 4.1 °C (based on 23 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00170 (0.00100 - 0.00288), b=3.12 (2.97 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Generation time: 1.6 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 1 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100).