Anarhichadidae

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For freshwater wolf fish, see Erythrinidae.
Wolffish
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Northern wolffish, Anarhichas denticulatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Anarhichadidae
Bonaparte, 1832
Genera[1]

Anarhichas
Anarrhichthys
See text for species.

The wolffish, also known as sea wolves, are a family, Anarhichadidae, of perciform fish. They are native to cold waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, where they live on the continental shelf and slope, to depths of about 600 m (2,000 ft). They are bottom-feeders, eating hard-shelled invertebrates such as clams, echinoderms, and crustaceans, which they crush with their strong canine and molar teeth. The longest species, Anarrhichthys ocellatus, grows to more than 2 m (6.6 ft) in length.

Species[edit]

The five species in two genera are:

Timeline of genera[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Anarhichadidae" in FishBase. February 2013 version.