Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Gadiformes > Family: Gadidae > Genus: Merlangius > Species: Merlangius merlangus

Spelding - Merlangius merlangus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by 1 international agreement


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

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IUCN Red List Category
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Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area (Helsinki Convention)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
An faoitín Irish (recte Irish Gaelic) Fishbase
Bacaliar Romanian Fishbase
Bacaliaros Greek Fishbase
Badeho Portuguese Fishbase
Badejo Portuguese Fishbase
Badejo-do-Mar-Negro Portuguese Fishbase
Bakaliaros Greek Fishbase
Bakalyaro Turkish Fishbase
Hvilling Danish Fishbase
Hvitting Norwegian Fishbase
Lécaud French Fishbase
Liba Spanish Fishbase
Lýsa Icelandic Fishbase
Medzhid Bulgarian Fishbase
Merlan French Fishbase
Merlan German Fishbase
Merlán Spanish Fishbase
Merlang Russian Fishbase
Merlano Italian Fishbase
Merlu French Fishbase
Mezgit Turkish Fishbase
Mol Slovenian Fishbase
Molo Italian Fishbase
Nasello atlantico Italian Fishbase
Nasellu French Fishbase
Pismolj Serbian Fishbase
Plegonero Spanish Fishbase
Slinger Danish Fishbase
Spelding English Fishbase
Taoúki Greek Fishbase
Ugoti velika Serbian Fishbase
Ugotica Serbian Fishbase
Valkoturska Finnish Fishbase
Varlet French Fishbase
Vitling Swedish Fishbase
Whiting English Fishbase
Wijting Dutch Fishbase
Witlinek Polish Fishbase
Witlinek czarnomorski Polish Fishbase
Wittling German Fishbase
Synonym Author
Gadus merlangus Linnaeus, 1758
Odontogadus merlangus merlangus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Odontogadus merlangus euxinus (Nordmann, 1840)
Merlangius merlangus merlangus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Merlangius merlangus euxinus (Nordmann, 1840)
Merlangus vulgaris Fleming, 1828
Gadus euxinus Nordmann, 1840
Merlangus linnei Malm, 1877
Gadus merlangus merlangus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Gadus merlangus euxinus Nordmann, 1840
Odontogadus merlangus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Merlangius merlangius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Merlangus merlangus euxinus (Nordmann, 1840)
Merlangus merlangus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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External data

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