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family of fishes

Cod is a teleost fish that lives in the ocean. Cod is a large predator. There about 12 different genera.[1]

Atlantic cod.jpg
Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Gadidae

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. Along with Haddock and Plaice, cod is a very common fish to use for fish and chips.

Cod has been traded about since the period of the Vikings. Cod grows to about 5 ft long. The biggest one ever caught weighed about 104 pounds.[2]


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