Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Moridae
Etymology: Physiculus: Diminutive of Greek, physa = tube.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 100 - 800 m (Ref. 35505). Deep-water
Western Atlantic: Bermuda (Ref. 35505), Caribbean Sea and coastal waters of Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Tristan da Cunha (Ref. 35505), near St. Helena Island and on Walvis Ridge.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35505)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Minimum depth reported from Ref. 45011.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Trunov, I.A., 1991. Fishes of the family Moridae from the southeastern Atlantic Ocean (genera Mora Risso and Physiculus Kaup). J. Ichthyol. 31(6):110-116. (Ref. 45011)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 10.1 - 20.2, mean 14.6 (based on 135 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00363 (0.00183 - 0.00721), b=3.14 (2.96 - 3.32), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (47 of 100) .