Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Greenland Cod

Gadus ogac
The Greenland Cod is perhaps not as well known as its cousin, the Atlantic Cod, but that doesn't mean it is any less deserving of today's feature!

Swimming in the frigid waters off of Greenland and northern Canada, the Greenland Cod is a broad headed, stocky bodied fish. They typically don't move out too far from shore, preferring to swim in the shallower, coastal waters.

Greenland Cod can tolerate water that is of lower salinity levels, but they are not found in fresh water. They are a carnivorous species that feeds on fish, cephalopods, crustaceans, and other aquatic life forms. During the spring they spawn in shallow ocean waters, and can live as long as 12 years!

The stock of Greenland Cod has been reduced in recent years, perhaps due to competition with other species, including the Atlantic Cod. Greenland Cod are fished commercially, but their meat is tougher and less desirable than that of the Atlantic Cod.

IUCN Status :  Not Listed
Location : Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, near Greenland and Canada
Size : Length up to31in (80cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Actinopterygii -- Order : Gadiformes
Family : Gadidae -- Genus : Gadus -- Species : G. ogac

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