Aquafacts / Lingcod

Lingcod

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Quick info

1.5 metres

Average length

45 kilos

Average weight

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.

How big can lingcod grow?

Specimens in excess of 6 feet have been reported but never recorded. Female lingcod grow larger than males.

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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