Hexagrammidae


Hexagrammidae

Taxobox
name = Hexagrammidae


image_caption = Lingcod, "Ophiodon elongatus"
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Scorpaeniformes
subordo = Hexagrammoidei
familia = Hexagrammidae
subdivision_ranks = Genera
subdivision = "Hexagrammos" "Ophiodon" "Oxylebius" "Pleurogrammus" "Zaniolepis" See text for species.
The family of marine fishes Hexagrammidae incorporates the greenlings. These fish are found on the continental shelf in the temperate or subarctic waters of the North Pacific. They are a well-known family in the littoral zone from southern California north to the Aleutian Islands. The most commercially important species is the lingcod ("Ophiodon elongatus"), a common food fish.

Hexagrammids are small to moderate in size, averaging around 50 cm, although the lingcod can be much larger. Like many other scorpaeniform species, they have broad, spiny pectoral, dorsal, and anal fins. They are scavengers but also catch and eat small fish and bottom-dwelling animals such as crabs. They can be found off rocky shorelines, in kelp beds, and, especially during spawning, in shallow inlets and tidepools.

The kelp greenling ("Hexagrammos decagrammus") is a popular sport fish, and although it is not commercially valuable, it is considered a delicious food catch. The lingcod is long and olive-yellow in color, and has a very large, toothy mouth. The painted greenling ("Oxylebius pictus") is smaller, brighter in color, and easily recognized by its large vertical red bands.

Species

There are twelve species in five genera:
* Genus "Hexagrammos"
** "Hexagrammos agrammus" (Temminck & Schlegel, 1843).
** Kelp greenling, "Hexagrammos decagrammus" (Pallas, 1810).
** Rock greenling, "Hexagrammos lagocephalus" (Pallas, 1810).
** Masked greenling, "Hexagrammos octogrammus" (Pallas, 1814).
** "Hexagrammos otakii" Jordan & Starks, 1895.
** Whitespotted greenling, "Hexagrammos stelleri" Tilesius, 1810.
* Genus "Ophiodon"
** Lingcod, "Ophiodon elongatus" Girard, 1854.
* Genus "Oxylebius"
** Painted greenling, "Oxylebius pictus" (Girard, 1854).
* Genus "Pleurogrammus"
** Okhostk atka mackerel, "Pleurogrammus azonus" Jordan & Metz, 1913.
** Atka mackerel, "Pleurogrammus monopterygius" (Pallas, 1810).
* Genus "Zaniolepis"
** Shortspine combfish, "Zaniolepis frenata" Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889.
** Longspine combfish, "Zaniolepis latipinnis" Girard, 1858.

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