Gadus morhua

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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
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