Urophycis regia (Walbaum, 1792)
Spotted codling
photo by Crippen, C.

 Family:  Phycidae (Phycid hakes)
 Max. size:  41 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 494 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Northwest Atlantic: Canada to southern New England to the northeast coast of Florida; also found in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0. Upper limb of the first gill arch with 2 or 3 rakers. Head with a series of dark spots; opercle with a dusky blotch. First dorsal fin with a dark blotch and a distinct white margin.
 Biology:  Found onshore, most common between 110 and 185 m. Feed on crustaceans, and possibly fish and squids. Juveniles spend part of their time in estuaries.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   

 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.11.90
 Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 04.06.15

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