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Hakes Grenadiers Cods and Relatives: Gadiformes

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Behavior And Reproduction, Grenadiers, Hakes, Cods, Their Relatives, And PeopleGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

HADDOCK (Melanogrammus aeglefinus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Grenadiers, hakes, cods, and their relatives live all over the world.

Bottom-dwelling grenadiers, hakes, cods, and their relatives use their chin barbels to find bottom-dwelling prey, or animals hunted and killed for food. Open-water species eat krill, which are tiny crustaceans (krus-TAY-shuns). Crustaceans are water-dwelling animals that have jointed legs and a hard shell but no backbone. Some of the fishes in this group eat other fishes such as Atlantic herring.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists one species of grenadiers, hakes, cods, and relatives as Critically Endangered, or facing extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future, and two as Vulnerable, or facing high risk of extinction in the wild.

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Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded Vertebrates