Physical Characteristics

Total length (both subspecies) 80 in (180 cm); weight 250 lb (113 kg). Body large, elongate, and heavy. Body color ranges from olive to cream, occasionally yellowish, with reticulated mottling of dark gray or green along body and onto fins. Fins brownish with white edges, pelvic fin is white. Dorsal fin positioned posteriorly along back. Caudal peduncle of Mary River cod is shorter and the pelvic fins are longer than in Murray cod. Caudal fin is rounded in both subspecies. There are 10-12 spines and 13-16 soft rays in dorsal fin, 3 spines and 11-13 soft rays in anal fin, and 19-20 soft rays in pectoral fin.

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