The scientific name for lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) means elongated snake tooth.
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.
Specimens in excess of 6 feet have been reported but never recorded. Female lingcod grow larger than males.
Large lingcod, which are sometimes called bucketheads, may cannibalize smaller ones.
When guarding an egg mass, testosterone-fuelled male lingcod may try to nip at divers.
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