|Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling|
(J. R. Forster, 1801)
The Maori cod (Paranotothenia magellanica), also known as Magellanic rockcod, blue notothenia or orange throat notothen, is a species of notothen native to the Southern Ocean. "Maori chief" and "black cod", sometimes used for this species, usually refer to fishes from the related genus Notothenia. It occurs at depths from near the surface to 255 m (837 ft), though it is usually found at less than 20 m (66 ft). This species can reach a standard length of 38 cm (15 in). Being a perciform fish, it is unrelated to the true cods of the order Gadiformes. This species is commercially important as a food fish.