| Common names: hake (English), Merluza (Espanol) |
Merluccius productus (Ayres, 1855)
Pacific hake, North-Pacific hake
Elongate, compressed, tapering to a narrow tail base; head relatively short (24.7-28.9% of SL) and flattened, with a V shape crest on top; large eyes and mouth, lower jaw slightly projecting; jaw teeth long, strong and pointed, in 2 irregular rows; teeth on center but not sides of roof of mouth; 18-23 gill rakers; 2 separate dorsal fins, the 1st shorter and triangular (I, 9-12), the 2nd with a long base and partly divided by a notch, 39-44 rays; anal fin similar to 2nd dorsal fin, 39-44; well developed, non filamentous pelvic fins, 7 rays, situated before the pectorals; tail fin short, slightly forked; scales small, 125-144 on the lateral line.
Silvery above, whitish below.
Depth: 12-1400 m.
Oregon to and throughout the Gulf of California; the Revillagigedos