National Geographic : 1938 Oct
i) INnational ieograpnic society fainting byliashime IVlurayama "CHAMELEON OF THE SEA" THE LING COD MIGHT BE CALLED BECAUSE IT CHANGES ITSCOLOR TO FIT ITS SURROUNDINGS Sometimes the upper parts of the PACIFIC CULTUS (Ophiodon elongatus) are dark brown, at other times greenish or reddish, depending on the hues of the rocks or kelp in the vicinity. Mottling helps to "camouflage" them. The author has seen violentchanges occur inthe coloring ofthe fish when it has been struck light blows. "Cultus" is a Chinook word meaning "worthless," but in this case itisamisnomer, for the fish isvaluable asfood. Although Ling Cod bear a superficial resemblance to the true cod of the Atlantic, they are not related.