Argentine hake

The Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi) is a merluccid hake of the genus Merluccius, found in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, along the coast of Argentina, and Uruguay. This fish was described by an Argentine ichthyologist, Tomás Marini in 1933.

Argentine hake
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Merlucciidae
Genus: Merluccius
M. hubbsi
Binomial name
Merluccius hubbsi
Marini, 1933[1]

It's very similar to Merluccius merluccius (European hake), and it can reach a length of 95 cm (but commonly 50-65 cm), and weigh up to 5 kg. It lives at depths from 100 to 200 m, and it feeds on crustaceans, squids and fish (anchovies and smaller hakes). It migrates southwards in spring and northwards in autumn.[1] This fish is usually sold fresh and frozen as one of the main fishing exports of Argentina.

A third species of hake, Merluccius patagonicus, was described for the south west Atlantic in 2003 but some authorities consider this taxon to be a synonymous with M. hubbsi.[2]


  1. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Merluccius hubbsi" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  2. Díaz de Astarloa JM; Bezzi SI; González Castro M; et al. (2011). "Morphological, morphometric, meristic and osteological evidence for two species of hake (Actinopterygii: Gadiformes: Merluccius) in Argentinean waters". Journal of Fish Biology. 78 (5): 1336–1358. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.02937.x. PMID 21539546. Abstract

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