Family Gadidae

General Features:

Gills openings extend upward above the level of pectoral fins. Anterior dorsal fins originating at rear of or behind head; caudal fin externally symmetrical. No V-shaped ridge on top of skull. Scales in most species overlapping and rounded, not set at right angles to each other. Swimbladder not connected to rear of skull. A single hypural bone attached to last vertebra. Spine on top of first vertebra is tightly connected to a narrow crest at the rear of the skull.

Tusk - Brosme brosme
Atlantic cod - Gadus morhua
Haddock - Melanogrammus aeglefinus
Ling - Molva molva
Saithe - Pollachius virens 


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