Teleostei (teleosts) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Gaidropsaridae
Etymology: Gaidropsarus: Greek, ga, ge = the earth + Greek, ydro = water + Greek psaros = speckled, starling (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; non-migratory; depth range 80 - 600 m. Temperate; 48°N - 30°N, 18°W - 30°E
Eastern Central Atlantic: western Mediterranean and northern part of central Mediterranean. Also from Spain and Portugal to Morocco and Madeira.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1371); common length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1371)
spines: 0. First dorsal spine followed by a few small fleshy filaments. Two fang-like teeth at the symphysis of the upper jaw.
Found in offshore waters on mud, shell and coral bottoms. Feed on crustaceans. Spawning occurs in February. Occasionally sold in markets.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Svetovidov, A.N., 1986. Review of the three-bearded rocklings of the genus Gaidropsaurus Rafinesque, 1810 (Gadidae) with description of a new species. J. Ichthyol. 26(1)114-135. (Ref. 9985)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
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