Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes
(Cods) > Moridae
Etymology: Physiculus: Diminutive of Greek, physa = tube; maslowskii: Named in memory of A.D. Maslovskiy, Associate Professor in the Department of Hydrobiology, Khar'kov State University and the author's first teacher (Ref. 45011).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 280 - 700 m (Ref. 45011). Deep-water
Eastern Atlantic: middle part of Walvis Ridge and on a seamount of the Vavilov Ridge.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 45011)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 65 - 72. Jaws with outer row of numerous minute teeth and closely adjoining inner rows of sparse fang-shaped teeth. Upper jaw with additional inner band of minute teeth, separated from the series of fang-shaped teeth by 3 spaces. Trunk with 120-130 transverse rows of scales. Lower side of head and the lower surface of lower jaw, without scales; second dorsal fin with 57-62 rays. Gill rakers thin, slightly flattened. Abdominal cavity extends to above the base of 13th-14th rays of anal fin. Pyloric caeca 8-11. Paired fins more or less whitish (Ref. 45011).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Trunov, I.A., 1991. Fishes of the family Moridae from the southeastern Atlantic Ocean (genera Mora Risso and Physiculus Kaup). J. Ichthyol. 31(6):110-116. (Ref. 45011)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 1.8 - 4.2, mean 3.5 °C (based on 46 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00398 (0.00202 - 0.00783), b=3.10 (2.92 - 3.28), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>3).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .