Patagonotothen tessellataBlack southern cod
Temperate South America
Elongated body that is brownish with a pale underside and has numerous dark blotches. First dorsal fin is rounded usually with a large black spot in the centre and a white margin, second dorsal and tail fin with small dark spots on rays. Bottom dwelling, usually seen perched on rocks or gravel resting on it\'s pelvic fins.
Max Size: 28 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 3.8-11.2°C
Habitat Generalization Index: N/A
Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.
Conservation and Rarity
IUCN Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Widespread (63.6% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (4 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: Joe Shields