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Merluccius merluccius

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Merlucciidae
Genus  Merluccius
Mass  8.2 kg (Adult)
Higher classification  Merluccius
Order  Gadiformes
Subfamily  Merlucciinae
Scientific name  Merluccius merluccius
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
Merluccius merluccius MarLIN The Marine Life Information Network European Hake

Similar  Merluccius, Atlantic mackerel, Whiting, Alaska pollock, Gilt‑head bream

Merluccius merluccius (European hake) is a merluccid hake of the genus Merluccius. It sometimes was called the "herring hake", perhaps because it often feeds on Atlantic herring, so is likely to be netted along with herring. This is consistent with a 19th-century account:

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"It is a very voracious fish, devouring great numbers of herrings and pilchards; hence it is frequently called the Herring Hake."

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European hake is found in the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, and the eastern Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and Mauritania. It is a night predator which during the day stays on sandy or muddy abyssal plains, at depths usually between 30 and 400 m (98 and 1,312 ft), although it has been found at depths down to 1,000 m (3,300 ft). It can reach a length around 140 cm (55 in), with a weight up to 15 kg (33 lb).

Merluccius merluccius Fish Identification

The young feed on crustaceans, but as they grow, they start to feed on small and medium-sized fish and cephalopods. The adults show cannibalistic behaviour, eating smaller members of their own species.

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Merluccius merluccius Hake Merluccius merluccius Fisheries

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References

Merluccius merluccius Wikipedia