Phycis phycis (Linnaeus, 1766)
Forkbeard
Phycis phycis
photo by Luquet, D.

Family:  Phycidae (Phycid hakes)
Max. size:  65 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 3,910.0 g
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 13 - 614 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Northeast Atlantic : Bay of Biscay to Morocco, south to Cape Verde, and including off-lying islands. Also in the Mediterranean and the Azores.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0. Elongated pelvic-fin rays reaching at most to the origin of the anal fin. Body color is brownish-red dorsally, becoming paler ventrally. Vertical fins distally dark, sometimes with a pale margin.
Biology:  Found on hard and sandy-muddy bottoms near rocks at 100-650 m, but sometimes taken at greater depths (Ref. 1371). Nocturnal, hiding between rocks during the day (Ref. 1371). Feed on small fish and various invertebrates (Ref. 1371).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 February 2015 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 23.10.90
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.01.08

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