Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Macrouridae
(Grenadiers or rattails) > Macrourinae
Etymology: Cynomacrurus: Greek, kyon = dog + Greek, odous = teeth + Greek, makros = great + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 500 - 3800 m (Ref. 1371), usually 1000 - 2000 m (Ref. 1371). Deep-water, preferred -2°C (Ref. 107945); 36°S - 79°S, 80°E - 14°W (Ref. 1371)
Southern Ocean: circumpolar, extending north of Convergence in some areas.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1371)
Morphology | Morphometrics
spines: 0. Head profile rounded; snout short, blunt. Scales deciduous, with 1 to 3 divergent rows of small, thin spinules uniformly covering almost all of the body; scales absent over most of the snout and in wide patches on the head surrounding large pores of sensory lateralis system. Pyloric caeca rather long and slender, about 9 to 10. Overall color is dark brown to brownish black.
Feeds on fish, copepods and other small invertebrates (Ref. 5097).
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. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00302 (0.00129 - 0.00709), b=3.12 (2.93 - 3.31), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.40 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 (55 of 100) .