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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Merlucciidae Merluccid hakes
Subfamily: Merlucciinae
Genus: Merluccius

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Merluccius albidus Offshore silver hake Western Central Atlantic 70 TL 1818
Merluccius angustimanus Panama hake Eastern Pacific 40 TL 1899
Merluccius australis Southern hake Circumglobal in the south 155 SL 1872
Merluccius bilinearis Silver hake Northwest Atlantic 76 TL 1814
Merluccius capensis Shallow-water Cape hake Southeast Atlantic 140 TL 1861
Merluccius gayi gayi South Pacific hake Southeast Pacific 87 TL 1848
Merluccius gayi peruanus Peruvian hake Southeast Pacific 115 TL 1954
Merluccius hernandezi Cortez hake Eastern Central Pacific 1985
Merluccius hubbsi Argentine hake Southwest Atlantic 95 TL 1933
Merluccius merluccius European hake Eastern Atlantic 140 TL 1758
Merluccius paradoxus Deep-water Cape hake Southeast Atlantic 115 TL 1960
Merluccius patagonicus Patagonian hake South Amercia 71 SL 2003
Merluccius polli Benguela hake Eastern Atlantic 80 TL 1950
Merluccius productus North Pacific hake Eastern Pacific 91 TL 1855
Merluccius senegalensis Senegalese hake Eastern Atlantic 81 TL 1950
Merluccius tasmanicus Western Pacific 37 SL 2006

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