Cod

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Gadidae
Atlantic cod.jpg
Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
(unranked): Acanthomorpha
Superorder: Paracanthopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Gadidae

Cod is a teleost fish that lives in the ocean, Gadus morhua. It is a large predator. There are about 12 different genera in its family.[1]

Cod is an important type of fish for professional fishing. It is also popular to eat, because it is mild in taste. The livers of cods are processed to get cod liver oil. Cod is the fish of preference to use for fish and chips. Other fish, such as haddock and plaice, are also regularly eaten.

Cod has been caught and traded since the age of the Vikings. Cod in the wild is a large fish. It grows to about five feet long. The biggest one ever caught weighed about 104 pounds.[2] Nowadays they are caught when they are much younger.

References[change | change source]

  1. Froese, Rainer & Daniel Pauly (eds) 2008. "Gadidae" in FishBase
  2. Wirral fisherman lands the biggest cod caught by a Briton. BBC News. [1]