Description: The cod is a relatively large and stout bodied fish with a large head and long chin barbel. It has three dorsal fins and two anal fins which are all rounded in outline. The colour can vary from greenish-grey with orange-brown or grey mottling. It has a conspicuous white lateral line. Adult fish can grow to approximately 1.7m although most are less than 1.2m.
Habitat: The cod occurs in a wide variety of habitats from the shore down to depths of 600m. Divers usually encounter cod near rocky areas or around wrecks. They feed on a range of crustaceans, worms, brittle-stars and small fish.
Distribution: This species is widespread all around the coasts of Britain and Ireland.
Similar Species: The large head, stout body, mottled coloration and distinctive white lateral line distinguish the cod from other members of the cod family.
Key Identification Features:
- Stout bodied member of the cod family
- Long chin barbel
- Mottled coloration
- Conspicuous white lateral line
- Three dorsal and two anal fins