Lingcod | Oceana Canada

Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia


Ophiodon elongatus

Also known as

Blue cod, cultus cod, green cod, leopard cod, bluefish, greenling


Northeast Pacific from the Gulf of Alaska, USA to Baja California, Mexico


Rocky bottoms

Feeding Habits

Aggressive predator

Conservation Status

Not listed


Order Scorpaeniformes (scorpionfishes & flatheads); Family Hexagrammidae (greenlings)


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The scientific name for Lingcod, Ophiodon elongates, comes from the Greek ophis for snake and odons for tooth and the Latin elongates, or elongated, all of which provide a fitting description for this long-bodied, large-mouthed, toothy fish. Although the word “cod” is also in their name, lingcod are not actually cod; they are a member of the greenling family.