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Lingcod Ophiodon elongatus


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Family: Hexagrammidae, Greenlings view all from this family

Description The lingcod, Ophiodon elongatus, is a fish of the greenling family Hexagrammidae. It is the only extant member of the genus Ophiodon. A slightly larger, extinct species, Ophiodon ozymandias, is known from fossils from the Late Miocene of Southern California.

It is native to the North American west coast from Shumagin Islands in the Gulf of Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. It has been observed up to a size of 152 cm (60 in) and a weight of 59 kg (130 lbs). It is spotted in various shades of grey. The lingcod is a popular eating fish, and is thus prized by anglers. Though not closely related to either Ling or Cod, the name lingcod originated because it somewhat resembles those fish. The lingcod's flesh is sometimes blue-green prior to cooking.

Dimensions Up to 5' (1.5 m); 105 lbs (47.6 kg).

Habitat Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows, Open ocean.

Range California, Northwest, Western Canada, Alaska.