Merluccius tasmanicus Matallanas & Lloris, 2006

Family:  Merlucciidae (Merluccid hakes)
Max. size:  37 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 91 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Japan and New Zealand. Southeast Pacific and Southwest Atlantic: Patagonian, Chilean and Argentine waters. Based on the geographical distance between the populations and some morphometric and meristic differences observed, assigning a subspecific name to each of these populations seems appropriate.
Diagnosis:  Anal soft rays: 42-44. Body stout; body depth 5.4-6.5 times in TL and 4.9-5.9 times in SL; dorsal profile of the head slowly concave, rising to the occiput; orbital diameter 6.1-7.1 times in head length, 2.1-2.2 in snout length and 1.6-1.9 times in interorbital width; lateral line gently bowed over the pectoral fin; in the caudal region it is slowly concave; first dorsal fin rays, 10-12; second dorsal fin rays, 42-43; anal fin rays, 42-44; pectoral fin rays, 13-15; about 164 lateral line scales in the holotype; first gill arch with 2-3+9-11 gill rakers.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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