Gadus morhua

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
GadidaeGadus morhuaLinnaeus1758Atlantic Cod

Family Gadidae — Large fish to 2 m, commonly from 30 to 100 cm, with elongated body and moderately deep caudal peduncle. Top of head lacking V-shaped ridge. Mouth large with either upper jaw or lower jaw slightly protruding in many; teeth on vomer. Small chin barbel present in most species. Long dorsal fin divided into 3 parts; anal fin in 2 parts. Caudal fin well developed, truncate to forked; pectoral fins well developed, pointed; pelvic fins short, thoracic.

Gadus morhua

Unique Characters: First anal fin short-based, less than 1/2 preanal distance. Lower jaw slightly shorter than upper jaw. Chin barbel large.

Similar Species: Pollock Pollachius virens. First anal fin with long base, 1/2 or more of preanal distance. Lower jaw slightly longer than upper jaw. Chin barbel very small or absent.