Tomcod, piciata, California tomcod.
The body of the Pacific tomcod is elongated and slender. It has a small abdomen on its chin. Characteristic of the cod family, it has three dorsal fins, two anal fins, a large head, and a large mouth with small teeth. The body is covered with fine, thin scales. Its coloration is olive green above and creamy white below, and its fins have dusky tips. Three spineless dorsal fins and a small chin barb distinguish Pacific cod from all similar fish except its cousin, Pacific cod. It has a chin fin length equal to the diameter of the eye, whereas Pacific tomcod has one less than half the diameter of the eye.
This species is found from central California, near Point Sal, to Unalaska Island, Alaska.
Dwelling in depths ranging from 60 to 720 feet, the Pacific tomcod prefers shallower waters and areas with sandy bottoms.
The Pacific tomcod can be up to 1 foot long.
Life history and Behavior
Food and feeding habits
The Pacific tomcod mainly feeds on anchovies, shrimp, and worms.
|Conservation status||No information|
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|Maximum body weight, kg||No information|
|Maximum length, cm||30.5|
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|Threat to people||Edible|
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