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Merlucciidae is a family of cod-like fishes, including most hakes.They are native to the Atlanticmarker and Pacificmarker oceans, being common in southern waters off Tasmaniamarker and New Zealandmarker.

They are large predatory fishes inhabiting the waters of the continental shelf and upper continental slope, where they feed on small fishes such as lanternfishes. Several species are important commercial fishes, notably the blue grenadier, Macruronus novaezelandiae, which grows up to 130 cm long, and is fished in subantarctic waters of the southwest Pacific.


There are 23 species in five genera:


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