Marbled rockcod

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Marbled rockcod
Notothenia rossii.jpg
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Nototheniidae
Genus: Notothenia
Species: N. rossii
Binomial name
Notothenia rossii
J. Richardson, 1844
Synonyms
  • Notothenia rossii rossii J. Richardson, 1844
  • Notothenia marmorata J. G. Fischer, 1885
  • Notothenia rossii marmorata J. G. Fischer, 1885
  • Notothenia coriiceps macquariensis Waite, 1916

The marbled rockcod (Notothenia rossii) is a species of cod icefish native to the Southern Ocean where it can be found at depths of from 5 to 350 metres (16 to 1,148 ft). This species can reach a length of 92 centimetres (36 in) TL though most are only around 50 centimetres (20 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 10 kilograms (22 lb). This is a commercially important species.[1]

It was heavily fished by Soviet fishers in the 1960s and 1970s, with catches exceeding 100,000 tonnes in some seasons, almost disappearing from around South Georgia Island, and by 1980 was depleted throughout the Southern Ocean.[2]

References[edit]

  • 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
  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Notothenia rossii" in FishBase. February 2014 version.
  2. ^ "Large-scale commercial marine harvesting". Lighthouse Foundation. Retrieved 23 July 2013.