- Distinguishing characteristics: Spotted hake have a modified pelvic fin that consists of forked appendage. Their second dorsal fin is very long as is their anal fin. Their lateral line has several spots along it.
In the Wild
- Habitat: Spotted hake are benthic fish that are usually found over soft bottoms. They can be found in tributaries with salinities as low as 8 ppt.
- Diet: Spotted hake feed on fish, squid, worms and decopods.
- Size: Adults can grow to almost 1.5 feet.
In the Aquatics Lab
- Quantity: We no longer have a spotted hake.
- Virginia Regulations: None
- Commercial Uses: There is no commercial fishery for spotted hake in the Bay.