Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
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Distribution

Range Description

Merluccius hernandezi is known from the Gulf of California.
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Eastern Central Pacific: Gulf of California.
  • 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)   http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=1371&speccode=25 External link.
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Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California [if valid].
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Merluccius hernandezi inhabits epipelagic and mesopelagic zone waters of the continental shelf, open sea, and seamounts, to a depth of around 300 m. This is likely to be a small-sized species, as it has been recognised as a 'dwarf' Hake stock (Iwamoto et al. 2004).

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 300 - 300 m (Ref. 46206)
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Dooley, J., Fritzsche, R., Matsuura, K., Collette, B., Nelson, J., Carpenter, K. & Iwamoto, T.

Reviewer/s
Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.

Contributor/s
De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J. & Livingston, F.

Justification
Merluccius hernandezi has been assessed as Data Deficient. The taxonomy of this species is uncertain, and there is very little information available regarding its population numbers and biology. Further research is therefore needed before a more accurate assessment of its conservation status can be made.
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Population

Population
Merluccius hernandezi was previously classed as Merluccius angustimanus, and is said to have a low abundance (Cohen et al. 1990).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Merluccius hernandezi is of no real commercial importance and is only exploited on a local scale by trawlers (Cohen et al. 1990).
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Data deficient (DD)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place for Merluccius hernandezi. Further research is needed on the taxonomy and biology of this species, as well as on its abundance and threats.
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