Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Moridae
Etymology: Lepidion: Greek, lepis = scale (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 127 - 1880 m (Ref. 58426), usually 500 - 900 m (Ref. 57668). Temperate; 75°N - 42°N, 66°W - 1°W (Ref. 1371)
North Atlantic: Bay of Biscay, along the western slopes of the British Isles, along the Iceland-Faroe Ridge of Iceland, Greenland, Davis Straits, Northern Labrador and the Grand Banks of Labrador. Rare in the western Atlantic.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 29.5  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 44.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1371)
spines: 0. Eyes relatively large; posterior nostril immediately anterior to eye. Lateral line system on head with pit organs but no pores. Pyloric caeca 8 to 13.
Epibenthic (Ref. 58426). Feeds mainly on crustaceans but also on polychaetes. Caught singly but also in aggregations of more than 100 individuals (Ref. 1371).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Cohen, D.M., T. Inada, T. Iwamoto and N. Scialabba, 1990. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 10. Gadiform fishes of the world (Order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(10). Rome: FAO. 442 p. (Ref. 1371)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 2.6 - 10.2, mean 6.6 (based on 136 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00309 (0.00183 - 0.00522), b=3.19 (3.04 - 3.34), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (53 of 100) .