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Pollachius virens

(American pollack)


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Common Names

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Common Names in Arabic:

ءادوس ةّي

Common Names in Breton:

Levneg du

Common Names in Danish:

Gr, Gråsej, Mørksej, Sej

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Common Names in English:

American pollack, Billet, Coal fish, Coal-fish, Coalfish, Coley, Glassan, Gloshan, Green cod, Kench cure, Pollock, Poodler, Saithe, Sillock

Common Names in Faroese:

Bl, Bláseiður, Murtur, Nótarseiður, Pálur, Sei, Seiður, Sildasei, Sildaseiður, St, Stórseiður, Streymsei, Streymseiður, Støðuseiður, Summarsei, Summarseiður, Ternumurtur, Tr, Træveturseiður, Tv, Tvæveturseiður, Upsi, Vetursei, Veturseiður

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Common Names in French:

Colin, goberge, Gorberge, Greslin, Lieu noir, Merlan noir, Merlan vert, Merluche, Saida, Salage à sec

Common Names in German:

Blaufisch, Köhler, Köhler (Fisch), Seelachs

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Common Names in Italian:

Merluzzo Carbonaro, Merluzzo nero

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Common Names in Lithuanian:

Ledjūrio menkė

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Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

綠青鱈, 绿青鳕

Common Names in Manx:

Bloggan, Gilpin

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Common Names in Portuguese:

Badejo, Escamudo

Common Names in Romanian:

Cod negru

Common Names in Rumanian:

Cod negru

Common Names in Russian:

Saida, Сайда

Common Names in Spanish:

Bacalao, Carbonero, Col, Faneca plataeada carbonero, Fogonero, Palero

Common Names in Spanish, Castilian:

Bacalao, Carbonero, Colín, Faneca plataeada carbonero, Fogonero, Palero

Common Names in Swedish:

Gr, Gråsej, Sej


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An active , gregarious fish occurring inshore and offshore waters .

Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -4,869 meters (0 to -15,974 feet).[1]

Biome: Marine .


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Smaller fish in inshore waters feed on small crustaceans (copepods , amphipods , euphausiids ) and small fish, while larger fish prey predominantly upon fishes .


Usually enters coastal waters in spring and returns to deeper waters in winter[2].

Sound types : thumps. Sound organ: swim bladder.


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Gadus carbonarius Linnaeus • Gadus colinus Lacepède • Gadus purpureus Mitchill • Gadus sey Lacepède • Gadus virensGadus virens Linnaeus • Gadus virens Linnaeus, 1758 • Merlangus carbonarius (Linnaeus • Merlangus purpureus (Mitchill • Merlangus virens (Linnaeus • Polachius virensPolachius virens (Linnaeus • Polachius virens (Linnaeus, 1758) • Pollachius carbonarius (Linnaeus • Pollachius virens


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 29-Apr-1996

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Pollachius

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 2 species and subspecies in this genus:

P. pollachius (European Pollock) · P. virens (American Pollack)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal November 17, 2007:



  1. Mean = -156.300 meters (-512.795 feet), Standard Deviation = 339.450 based on 9,360 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. Frimodt, C. (1995). Multilingual illustrated guide to the world's commercial coldwater fish. Fishing News Books, Osney Mead, Oxford, England. 215 p. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06