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also tau·taug  (tô′tôg′, -tŏg′, tô-tôg′, -tŏg′)
A dark-colored, edible wrasse (Tautoga onitis) found along the North American Atlantic coast, having a blunt snout and a long dorsal fin. Also called blackfish.

[Narragansett tautaũog, pl. of taut, a kind of fish.]
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(Animals) a large dark-coloured wrasse, Tautoga onitis, of the North American coast of the Atlantic Ocean: used as a food fish. Also called: blackfish
[C17: from Narraganset tautauog, plural of tautau sheepshead]
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(tɔˈtɒg, -ˈtɔg)

a black wrasse, Tautoga onitis, of the U.S. Atlantic coast.
[1765–75, Amer.; < Narragansett tautaũog, pl.]
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Noun1.tautog - large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North Americatautog - large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North America
wrasse - chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
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Real turtle, we understand, and salmon, tautog, canvas-backs, pig, English mutton, good roast beef, or dainties of that serious kind, fit for substantial country gentlemen, as these honorable persons mostly are.
Turtle, salmon, tautog, woodcock, boiled turkey, South-Down mutton, pig, roast-beef, have vanished, or exist only in fragments, with lukewarm potatoes, and gravies crusted over with cold fat.
Rhode Island waters are now loaded with black sea bass, tautog, scup, blues, bonito and stripers.
Reproductive seasonality, fecundity, and spawning frequency of tautog (Tautoga onitis) in the lower Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters of Virginia.
Many Rhode Island anglers are concentrating on delicious tautog now, finding them concentrated in rocky areas that harbor crustaceans.
This approach has been used in the assessments of bluefin tuna (Brown and Browder, 1994), summer flounder (Terceiro (1)), black sea bass (NEFSC (2)), tautog (NEFSC (2)), winter flounder (NEFSC (3)), and bluefish (NEFSC (4); Gibson and Lazar (5)).
Abstract--The tautog, Tautoga onitis (Linnaeus), ranges from Nova Scotia to South Carolina and has become a popular target for recreational and commercial fisheries.
Albacore: Matt Sheehan, 32 pounds, 7 ounces; black sea bass, David Medeiros, 7-2; bluefish, Joseph Diodati, 14-11; bonito, Ryan King, 11-6; cusk, Steve Borgati, 20-10; false albacore, Gardiner Bridge, 14-2; fluke, Damon Bullock, 11-12; haddock, Mike Romano, 13-11; mako shark, Upton's Robert Sylvester, 411-0; pollock, Michael Wall, 22-8; porbeagle shark, Bill Murphy, 447-0; scup, Henry Logan, 3-13; Spanish mackerel, Robert Neri, 6-11; striped bass, Jacques Boisvert, 53-10; tautog, Megan Winton, 11-13; thresher shark, Robert Eldredge, 446-0; winter flounder, Brian Barda, 5-0.
Abstract--Ultrasonic transmitters were surgically implanted into adult tautog (n=27,400-514 mm TL) to document seasonal occurrence and site utilization at four sites situated within known tautog habitat near Cape Charles, Virginia, in lower Chesapeake Bay.
We were disappointed at the poor performance of opercular bones because they have been reported useful in many other species, including perch (LeCren, 1947), carp (McConnell, 1952), yellow perch (Bardach, 1955), northern pike (Frost and Kipling, 1957), tautog (Cooper, 1967; Hostetter and Munroe, 1993), and goldeye (Donald et al., 1992).
In Buzzards Bay, tautog fishing remains good, providing some of the most delicious seafood in the Atlantic.
Tautog fishing is improving for anglers using green crabs in rocky-bottom areas (there was a report of a 15-pounder recently taken).