Pink cusk-eel

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Pink cusk-eel
Genypterus blacodes derivate work.jpg
Genypterus blacodes.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Ophidiiformes
Family: Ophidiidae
Genus: Genypterus
G. blacodes
Binomial name
Genypterus blacodes
  • Ophidium blacodes Forster, 1801
  • Genypterus australis Castelnau, 1872
  • Genypterus microstomus Regan, 1903

The pink cusk-eel, Genypterus blacodes, is a species of cusk-eel found in the oceans around southern Australia, Chile, Brazil, and around New Zealand except the east coast of Northland, in depths of 22 to 1,000 metres (72 to 3,281 ft). Their length is up to 200 centimetres (79 in), and they live for up to 30 years.[1]

Other names in English include ling, Australian rockling, New Zealand ling, kingklip, pink ling, and northern ling. The South African kingklip is a similar, related species (Genypterus capensis).[2]

In the month-long NORFANZ Expedition of 2003 which was examining the biodiversity of the seamounts and slopes of the Norfolk Ridge near New Zealand, a single specimen weighing 6.3 kg (20 lb) was collected.[3]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Genypterus blacodes" in FishBase. June 2012 version.
  2. ^ "Kingklip / New Zealand Ling". SASSI Fish Info. Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  3. ^ NORFANZ Voyage Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2011-10-29.