Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
; marino; salmastro benthopelagico; oceanodromo (Ref. 51243); distribuzione batimetrica 0 - 275 m (Ref. 58426), usually 30 - 100 m (Ref. 56557). Temperate; 63°N - 32°N, 145°E - 21°W (Ref. 57358)
Arctic, Northwest to Northeast Pacific: Arctic Alaska to the Sea of Japan and Balboa Island, southern California, USA. Western Atlantic: northern Quebec, Canada to North Carolina, USA. The Arctic and Pacific populations may be a separate species, distinct from the Atlantic populations (Ref. 7251).
Length at first maturity / Size / Peso / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 11 - 17 cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL maschio/sesso non determinato; (Ref. 56394); common length : 17.0 cm TL maschio/sesso non determinato; (Ref. 56557); peso massimo pubblicato: 100.00 g (Ref. 56527); Età massima riportata: 11 anni (Ref. 56557)
Spine dorsali (totale): 0; Raggi dorsali molli (totale): 58-63; Spine anali 0; Raggi anali molli: 28 - 31; Vertebre: 68 - 72. Resembles A personatus in body shape but distinguished by its numerous dorsal fin rays (58 to 63 against 55 to 59) an vertebrae (68 against 67), and larger eyes. Lateral plicae 144 to 161.
May occur in large schools near the surface both inshore and offshore, but also buries itself in sand (Ref. 2850). Inshore, found from intertidal to subtidal areas (Ref. 2850). Offshore, found near the surface over deep water (Ref. 2850). Benthic (Ref. 58426). Juveniles and adults feed on zooplankton (Ref. 28499). Utilized dried or salted and frozen; sometimes targeted as a raw material for fishmeal; eaten fried (Ref. 9988).
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
CollaboratoriImmaginiStamps, Coins Misc.SuoniCiguateraVelocitàModalità di nuotoArea branchialeOtolithsCervelliVista
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 0.5 - 8.9, mean 3.4 °C (based on 527 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00355 (0.00154 - 0.00818), b=3.08 (2.89 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.1 se; based on diet studies.
Resilienza (Ref. 120179
): Medio, tempo minimo di raddoppiamento della popolazione 1.4 - 4.4 anni (tm=2-3).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (49 of 100) .