American codling (Laemonema goodebeanorum)Photo Credit: S.W. Ross and M. Rhode (UNCW)
Description: This codling is related to the more well-known shallow-water cod, an incredibly popular food fish. Despite its relation, the American codling isn’t directly targeted by the commercial fishing seafood industry. It rarely grows to be larger than a foot long and lives on deep sandy bottom.
Figure 1: Relative probability of occurrence of American codling (Laemonema goodebeanorum) based on computer generated distribution maps. Data source: AquamapsDepth Profile
Figure 2: Approximate depth range of American codling (black box). Slope of seafloor is a generalized representation of the Gulf of Mexico shelf and outer continental shelf.