Pseudophycis barbata

Bearded cod
Pseudophycis barbata
Pseudophycis barbata, adult, Queenscliff, VIC, Photo: Andrew Green


Temperate Australasia


It has a wide black marking around the fins, lacks the black patch at the base of the pectoral fin, and possesses a rounded rather than straight outer edge to the tail. The bearded rock cod also differs from the red cod in preferring open coast rather than sheltered bays.


Max Size: 63 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 10.2-19.6°C

Depth: 1-275m

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: Frequent (11.1% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney