Urophycis cirrata (Goode & Bean, 1896)
Gulf hake
photo by FAO

 Family:  Phycidae (Phycid hakes)
 Max. size:  66 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 2,540.0 g; max. reported age: 14 years
 Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 27 - 684 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Florida (USA), Gulf of Mexico, northern coasts of South America to the Orinoco, perhaps to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0. Upper limb of first gill arch with 2 or 3 rakers; the barbel very short, or absent in many specimens. A diffuse dusky blotch present on the opercle.
 Biology:  Found on mud bottoms.
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.11.90
 Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 13.11.04

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