Pseudophycis breviuscula

Bastard Red Cod
Pseudophycis breviuscula
Pseudophycis breviuscula, juvenile, 1 of 2. Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Pseudophycis breviuscula
Pseudophycis breviuscula, juvenile, 2 of 2. Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Pseudophycis breviuscula
Pseudophycis breviuscula



A pale reddish-brown cod becoming paler below, with a faint dark line along the upper jaw. Distinguished from similar members of the genus by lacking a black blotch and flat rear tail margin (both present in P. bachus and P. palmata), and by larger scales than the otherwise very similar P. barbata, having <10 scales between the lateral line and dorsal fin (P. barbata has >15). Also does not grow as large as the other similar cods, reaching a maximum of 25cm.


Max Size: 25 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 14.8-21°C

Depth: 2-200m

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 (100% 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.