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Local animals in this group:

Gadiformes

The cods and hakes group is a large group of mostly marine fish, although there are some freshwater members. There are 475 species in 10 families found throughout the oceans of the world and in many freshwater ecosystems. The cods, in particular, are very important food fish, and are second only to the herrings in economic important to commercial fisheries.

Contributors

Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.

Glossary

bilateral symmetry

having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.

chemical

uses smells or other chemicals to communicate

motile

having the capacity to move from one place to another.

natatorial

specialized for swimming

tactile

uses touch to communicate

 
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Dewey, T. . "Gadiformes" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 18, 2014 at http://www.biokids.umich.edu/accounts/Gadiformes/

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