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Common ling

Molva molva

The common ling or simply the ling, ''Molva molva'', is a large member of a family of cod-like fishes. An ocean fish whose habitat is in the Atlantic region and can be found around Iceland, Faroe Islands, British Isles, the Norse coast and occasionally around Newfoundland, the ling has a long slender body that can reach 2 metres in length; in adulthood, it is generally a deep-running fish, spending much of its life at depths of 100 m or more; younger fish are found at shallower depths.

The ling is edible; it can be considered interchangeable with cod in either its fresh, salted, or dried forms. The salted roe of the ling is considered a delicacy in Spain and is known as ''huevas de maruca''. The ''lutefisk'' – ling that is first dried, then soaked in water and then steeped in a lye of soda and slaked lime – is a traditional dish at the Christmas table in Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
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Distribution

Specific seas of occurrence include the Norwegian Sea, along the coastal shelves, and the Sea of the Hebrides, where the species is abundant.One measuring 6 ft in length was caught off Shetland on 24 February 2013. It is thought to be the largest fish ever caught in British waters.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderGadiformes
FamilyLotidae
GenusMolva
SpeciesM. molva
Photographed in
Norway