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burbot

(bûr`bət): see codcod,
member of the large family Gadidae, comprising commercially important food fishes. The family, whose members are found in the N Atlantic and Pacific, includes the tomcods, the haddock, and the pollacks (or pollocks).
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Burbot

 

(Lota lota), a freshwater fish of the family Gadidae. There are two dorsal fins, and the chin has antennae. The scales are minute. The body is up to 1.2 m long and weighs up to 32 kg. Burbot are found primarily in the rivers of Europe, Asia, and America above 45° N lat. They are active in cold water, becoming sluggish at temperatures above 16°C. Sexual maturity is attained in the third or fourth year; fertility is from 33, 000 to 5 million eggs. In the winter the roe are deposited under the ice; the slightly adhesive eggs stay on the bottom. Burbot are predators, feeding on fish and bottom invertebrates. They are commercially valuable.

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burbot

a freshwater gadoid food fish, Lota lota, that has barbels around its mouth and occurs in Europe, Asia, and North America
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