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Whitespotted Greenling - Photo by S. Axtell

Bottomfish Identification: Greenling

This identification guide is intended to provide information and key characteristics for common species of greenling in Washington marine waters.  To access species information click on the common or scientific name listed in the left hand column.  For each species, information is available on expected sizes, typical distribution, and published ages. 

For additional identification assistance, greenling information is available through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Webpage at:

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife also provide identification information about some greenling species at:

Enjoy learning about Washington’s marine fish!

Kelp Greenling (Hexagrammos decagrammus)  
Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus)  
Painted Greenling (Oxylebius pictus)
Rock Greenling (Hexagrammos lagocephalus)
Whitespotted Greenling (Hexagrammos stelleri)