Phycidae - hakes

Phycid hakes are related to the cod family, Gadidae, and are sometimes referred to as codlings. They differ from cods by having two dorsal and one anal fins (cods have three dorsal and two anal fins). Phycid hakes have elongate bodies with long dorsal and anal fins and a separate caudal fin (as opposed to continuous with dorsal and anal fins as in some closely related families). Their pelvic fins each consist of two long rays joined only at the base. These are shallow to moderately deep-water fishes, living on sandy or muddy bottoms. Two species may be found off Texas. The Gulf hake is mainly found in deeper waters. The southern hake is more common in shallow waters. They are of limited commercial value.