The Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi) is a merluccid hake of the genus Merluccius, found in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, along the coast of Argentina, and Uruguay. This fish was described by an Argentine ichthyologist, Tomás Marini in 1933.

It's very similar to Merluccius merluccius (European hake), and it can reach a length of 95 cm, and weigh up to 5 kg. It lives at depths from 100 to 200 m, and it feeds on crustaceans, squids and fish (including smaller hakes). It migrates southwards in spring and northwards in autumn.[1] A third species of hake, Merluccius patagonicus, was described for the south west Atlantic in 2003 but some authorities consider this taxa to be a synonymous with M. hubbsi.[2]


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Merluccius hubbsi" in FishBase. February 2018 version.
  2. ^ Díaz de Astarloa JM; Bezzi SI; González Castro M; et al. (2011). "Morphological, morphometric, meristic and osteological evidence for two species of hake (Actinopterygii: Gadiformes: Merluccius) in Argentinean waters". Journal if Fish Biology. 78 (5): 1336–1358.  Abstract