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 demersal 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 (70 to 3,280 feet; 10 to 550 fathoms). Their length is up to 200 centimetres (80 inches), and they live for up to 30 years. Their maximum weight is 25 kilograms (55 pounds). [1]

This species has a pinkish yellow body marbled with irregular reddish brown blotches dorsally, with no dorsal spines or anal spines.[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]

This species feeds on crustaceans such as Munida and scampi but also takes fish. It has been caught on the bottom during the spawning season of the blue grenadier (Macruronus novaezelandiae) while feeding on the species. Juveniles of this species are found in shallower shelf waters. This species is oviparous, and its eggs float on the surface in a pelagic mass.[1]

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 (13 lb 14 oz) was collected.[3]

This species is of major importance to commercial fisheries, with catches in 2011 amounting to 38,451 tonnes (42,385 short tons).[4] It is utilized fresh, frozen or smoked, and can be fried or baked. [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e 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. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  3. ^ NORFANZ Voyage Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  4. ^ "FAO Catches List". Retrieved 2020-08-24.