Pacific tomcod

The Pacific tomcod lives in the demersal, oceanodromous, brackish, marine, depth range 0 - 275 m , usually 25 - 120 m environment.

The body of the Pacific Tomcod (Microgradus proximus) is elongated, slender and moderately compressed. The head is elongate and there is a small fleshy projection, a barbel, on the lower jaw. The color is olive green above, creamy white below, and the fins have dusky tips. More

On night dives, you will see the Pacific tomcod swimming in mid-water. They may be mesmerized by your light, often allowing you to approach for closer examination. Keep your eyes open for the critters as you are diving. They make a dive more interesting. More

while the Pacific tomcod has a barbel that is less than one half the diameter of the eye. The Pacific tomcod is a member of the true cod family. More

Piers: Pacific tomcod are common to almost all piers north of Monterey Bay. Best bets: Pillar Point Harbor Pier, Pacifica Pier, San Francisco Municipal Pier, Fort Baker Pier, Point Arena Pier, Eureka Municipal Wharf, Trinidad Pier and the "B" Street Pier in Crescent City. More

Common names

Eyethithen in Salish
Frostfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
K'awts in Tsimshian
Kalifornisk frostfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
Pacific tomcod in English
Pacifisk tomtorsk in Danish (dansk)
Pazifischer Zwergdorsch in German (Deutsch)
Pk'iken in Salish
Poulamon du Pacifique in French (français)
Sheyehl in Salish
Taaqatak in Alutiiq
Tomkod pacyficzny in Polish (polski)
Tommy cod in English
томкод тихоокеанский in Russian (русский язык)
тресочка тихоокеанская in Russian (русский язык)
太平洋小鱈 in Mandarin Chinese
太平洋小鳕 in Mandarin Chinese

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Order : Gadiformes
Family : Gadidae
Genus : Microgadus
Species : Microgadus proximus
Authority : Girard, 1854