|Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling|
The small-headed cod or long-finned cod, Lepidion microcephalus, is a deepwater fish belonging to the morid cod family (Moridae), and related to the true cods (genus Gadus). It is found in the Tasman Sea, including Bass Straits, and is commercially harvested by both Australia and New Zealand. It has been found on the continental shelf, but typically its depth range is from 750 to 1,000 m (2,460 to 3,280 ft). It grows to 48 centimetres (19 in) in total length.
The colour is grey-brown with a faint red tint on the body and black-edged median fins.
- "Lepidion microcephalus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 19 March 2006.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Lepidion microcephalus" in FishBase. November 2005 version.
- Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
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