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Cow Cod Sebastes levis


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Cow Cod
credit: Rick Starr

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Alternate name: Cow Rockfish

Family: Scorpaenidae, Scorpionfishes view all from this family

Description The cowcod, Sebastes levis is a member of the Sebastidae (rockfish) family. In Greek, Sebastes means "magnificent," and levis is Latin for "capricious" or "fantastic".

The cowcod is one of the largest rockfish species, reaching almost 39 inches (1 m) in total length and may live up to 55 years. Like other species of their genus, cowcod are internal fertilizers. Reproduction occurs in winter an early spring, and larvae spend about 100 days as plankton. Females mature at 13 inches (32cm).

Dimensions Up to 3'1" (94 cm); 28 lbs (12.7 kg).

Warning This fish has mildly venomous spines in the dorsal and anal fins.

Habitat Ocean or bay shallows, Open ocean.

Range California.