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PINK CUSKEEL » Genypterus Blacodes

Scientific name:
Genypterus Blacodes.
Other common names in Latin America:
Argentina: pollock manchado.
Chile: congrio gold.
English common name:
Pink cuskeel.

External distinguishing characteristics:
Body bulk previously, weight toward the flow. body in very small scales and head, large amount of mucus protects the skin. Robust head, blunt nose, big eyes. Boca slightly prognathism of the upper jaw, extremes exceed the height of the rear edge of the eyes. The teeth of the mnadíbulas are small, biseriate, the conical and the external row of the viliformes internally. It also vomerinos teeth and palate, with the two mentioned. Fin odd one, formed by the merger of dorsal, caudal and anal. Pectorals small. Ventral position jugular, reduced to a beard divided into two branches, the internal than external.
Color: pink intense back and flanks, clarified to the abdominal region, reaching andalusia white belly. In the back and sides, brown spots that give the whole issue marbled.
Aleta odd dark clarified to the anal region. Pectoral pink, ventral white.
Distinction of similar species in the area:
It differs from other species of pollock in the area (Genypterus brasiliensis) by following features:
-color: brasiliensis Genypterus has a uniform pale pink color, which is why it is called “smooth pollock.” origin of the wing-odd with respect to the pectorals in the pollock manchado starts at the chest in the back smooth. side-line, rolling in a straight smooth and haddock in the building; maximum size: haddock Spotted over the meter, while the largest specimen of pollock observed liso half total length of 78 cm.

Maximum observed size (135 cm) is a female, the males do not exceed 125 cm total length.
Other biological data:
The pollock is a partial asynchronous player with very low fertility. The setting is south of 42 º S, from December to mid-March, outside of the guns. Through monthly analysis of the distribution of their larvae, two areas of parenting: 42 to 47 º S, April-May and north of 42 º S.
The food is predominantly fish (hake, nototénidos, pollack, hagfish, zoárcidos). Them still, in order of importance, cephalopods (squid and octopus), crustaceans (crabs, amphipods, isopods, etc.) and other agencies responsible, such as polychaetes.

Geographical distribution and behavior:
Inhabits South American Pacific and Atlantic waters, the Pacific at latitudes above 29 ° 55 ´ S. For the Atlantic from the 34 º S, but north of 42 º S appears only in the platform intermediate and external. Also inhabiting the waters of New Zealand. The adults have a tendency to live in canyons, on the edge of the platform Continental, at certain times of the year. Juveniles live in coastal waters, are common in the Gulf San Jorge. Adults horizontal move, both in latitudinal direction as bathymetric, apparently in the spring and summer move to shallower depths in the waters of Patagonia.

Size of the resource:

Fishing fleet and gear catch:
The fishing fleet is composed mainly by trawlers that traditional using bottom trawl fishing is when the occasional (fisheries targeting other species, as hake) and where longline fishing is addressed in the areas of concentration adults.