Skilfish

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Skilfish
Erilepis zonifer1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Anoplopomatidae
Genus: Erilepis
T. N. Gill, 1894
Species: E. zonifer
Binomial name
Erilepis zonifer
(Lockington, 1880)

The skilfish, Erilepis zonifer, is one of two members of the fish family Anoplopomatidae and the only species in the Erilepis genus. Found on deep rocky bottoms in the North Pacific at depths of up to 440 metres, they can reach up to 1.83 metres in length and weigh up to 91 kilograms. Young fish display striking white blotches on their body, however their colour changes to dark grey with maturity.

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