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Spotted Hake

Urophycis regia

Drawing of a Spotted Hake fish
Max size: 40 cm (16 in)

Diet: Small crustaceans, worms, small mollusks, squids and fish

Habitat: Shallows to open ocean depths, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.




Fun Facts:

  • Hakes are part of the cod family (Gadidae)
  • Their filamentous (long and thin) pelvic fins are semi-prehensile (able to be moved independently), allowing them to feel the substrate underneath for prey
  • They are incredibly slippery thanks to relatively small scale size and a thick mucus coat
  • Light-colored spots run along the length of its body, indicating the position of the hake’s lateral line, a dense collection of nerve cells that help fish to sense movement