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Author Topic: Identifying Pouting and Poor Cod - Differences Between the Two  (Read 912 times)

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Offline Thunderpants

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These two species are often confused. At first glance both species look fairly similar (although the pouting is slightly deeper bodied) and both have a single chin barbel. The chin barbel is often lying stuck against the body when you catch them and so may not be immediately obvious. To get the barbel to show up in your Species Challenge photograph run your finger gently along the bottom of its head from the throat towards the mouth and you should be able to get it to stick out.

There are some differences in the appearance of these two fish that are shown in the drawing at the bottom of this post. These differences are not always clear unless you have both species side by side but the easiest way is to look at the positions of the pectoral and anal fins. The pectoral fin of the pouting extends back beyond the vent and overlaps the position of the anal fin. In a poor cod the vent is further back so the pectoral fin does not reach as far as the anal fin and does not overlap.

Also pouting usually have a black spot at the base of the pectoral fin which poor cod do not have.

Something else that will help you confirm a poor cod is that its scales detach very easily and your hands end up looking like they are covered in glitter when you handle them.

Poor Cod and "glitter"

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