Rock Cod

Lotella rhacina
Image by Richard Ling.

The rock cod is a temperate fish found off the coasts of south eastern Australia including Tasmania, the Great Australian Bite, and the south west Australian coast.

They are also found around the coasts of New Zealand. They belong to the family galidae are thus related to the true cods (genus gadus). They are also known as ‘Beardie’ in Australia. Rock cod are yellow-grey to red-brown with white fin margins and chin barbels. They may grow up to 50cm in length.

They are found in caves within bays and coastal reefs. They are frequently found inshore and inhabit shallow waters, in the continental shelf with typical depths of 10 to 90 metres.

Note that there are many other fish that are sometimes referred to as rock cod, but most of these are unrelated to the cod family and are better known as gropers.