Classic cod shape, (Head, Body, Tail, & some killer Fangs) with three rounded dorsal and two anal fins (Anal fins? I think I had that once when I ate Tacos) . The pelvic fins are small with the first ray extended, and are set under the gill cover in front of the pectorals. The upper jaw extends over the lower jaw (and can swallow a green suited fisherman whole), which has a well developed chin barbel. Medium sized eyes, approximately the same as the length of the chin barbel. It has a distinct white lateral line running from the gill slit above the pectoral fin, to the base of the caudal or tail fin. (come to find out there are many many species of fish that are sold as Cod, probably due to the Cod eating most other species) The back tends to be a greenish to sandy brown, and showing extensive mottling especially towards the lighter sides and white belly. Dark brown colouration of the back and sides is not uncommon especially for individuals (Individuals? Is a fish an Individual? When did they pass that Law. I'm pissed, I would have voted NO on Proposition 12 to give Cod - Individual Status - next thing you know they will want ot marry) who have resided in rocky inshore regions.
Once again, it is amazing to me that such a Butt-Ugly fish can look so good on a plate!!! Thank goodness for supermarket foam tray packaging and clear saran wrap.