Genus (hakes) characterized by large head (1/3 to 1/4 of body length), with large, oblique mouth. Lower jaw longer than upper. Two separate dorsal fins, the first short based, high, and triangular, separated from the second, which is long and partially divided by a notch in the midsection. Single anal fin similar in shape to second dorsal. Pelvic fins with seven rays. Silver hake has 16-20 gill rakers on the first arch (cf. 8-11 in closely related Merluccius albidus). Color purplish gray dorsally, silvery white lower on sides.
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