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PostPosted: 10 Oct 2011, 22:03 
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Does anybody know how to identify a beardie over a bearded rock cod? I speared a 360gm bearded rock cod at the comp on the weekend, later thinking it couldve been a beardie. The tip of its tail was white, but I cant recall if this is on both species? My fault I didnt mention it at the weighin, anyway for next time....


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PostPosted: 11 Oct 2011, 09:05 
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There are three species of these things that all olive in this area.

This is one

http://australianmuseum.net.au/image/Red-Cod-Pseudophycis-bachus
http://www.fishnames.com.au/fishnames/fishnames.php?pid=1143

And another one

http://exploreunderwatervictoria.org.au/assets/Uploads/backgrounders/Bearded-Rock-Cod.pdf

And another one, but this one is only small so you wouldn't shoot it

http://australianmuseum.net.au/image/Bastard-Red-Cod-Pseudophycis-breviuscula/

To tell the difference between the red cod and bearded rock cod, look at where the pectoral fin joins the body. Red cod have a black spot, bearded rock cod doesn't. Also the end of the tail of the bearded rock cod is rounded, but is flat on the red cod.


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PostPosted: 11 Oct 2011, 09:45 
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so I presume a red cod is on the scoresheet as a beardie. I speared it 'side on' under a ledge, and I remember it had that blotchy pattern as seen on the red cod pic, because for a split second, I thought I was looking at a ling. I cant recall the tail shape. Do you know if the blotchy skin pattern or white tipped tail can be seen on either fish?


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dont the beardies have a white trim on all the fins and a white dangly thing under the chin? pretty sure I seen yours chris and it was a rock cod


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PostPosted: 11 Oct 2011, 11:01 
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I recall seeing ur fish Chris as it was the same as the one I got from the schank last season and I asked Brett straight away what it was.


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http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 6933_n.jpg

see if that link works as thats the only pic i have of the one i got last year, reading a book that shows pictures of them both and it says the bearded rock cod has a black outline on its fins.


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