Antarctic toothfish, Antarctic cod
Dissostichus mawsoni in McMurdo Sound
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Nototheniidae
Genus: Dissostichus
Smitt, 1898[1]

Dissostichus is genus of fish found in southern oceans. Individuals may live for over fifty years, reaching lengths over two metres and weigh over 200 kilograms.

The genus contains two species. Dissostichus eleginoides, the Patagonian toothfish, is the type for the genus and is found in temperate and sub-antarctic waters and Dissostichus mawsoni, the Antarctic cod or toothfish, which occurs in icy waters near Antarctica.


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