; subclass Actinopterygii, order Gadiformes)
A family of marine fish that have a fairly elongate body, and sometimes a wide head and chin barbel. Although the first dorsal fin is short, the second dorsal and anal fins are long, but may be subdivided into sections. The first few pelvic fin rays are prolonged. The Moridae are related to the Gadidae (true cods): some species are found in deep water, others may come closer inshore. There are about 70 species, found world-wide in temperate waters.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.