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About AquaFacts: AquaFacts are a resource for students who are looking for information on the animals at the Aquarium or other Aquarium-related topics. Here, we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions that we’ve received about lingcod. The answers come from our biologists and from reputable sources that we reference at the end of this page. If you have a question about lingcod that’s not addressed in this page or the references below, please feel free to email our librarian.


Questions & Answers

How big can lingcod grow?

Lingcod can grow up to 5 feet in length and weigh 100 pounds. Specimens in excess of 6 feet have been reported but never recorded. Female lingcod grow larger than males.

What does the Latin name mean?

The scientific name for lingcod, Ophiodon elongatus, means elongated snake tooth.

Are lingcods found in only one colour?

Lingcod, which are neither cod nor lings, appear in a variety of colors. Testosterone causes some male lingcod to turn black. Additionally, lingcod flesh is sometimes green, but turns white when cooked.

Are lingcods cannibals?

Large lingcod, which are sometimes called bucketheads, may cannibalize smaller ones.

Are lingcods protective parents?

When guarding an egg mass, testosterone-fuelled male lingcod may try to nip at divers.



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