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Sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Anoplopomatidae


The sablefishes are a family, Anoplopomatidae, of scorpaeniform fishes.[1] They are found in coastal waters of the north Pacific from Japan to California, where they live near the sea floor in deep water: the sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria, has been found down to 1,830 m (6,000 ft). They are large fish, with the skilfish being up to 180 cm (5.9 ft) in length.[2] They are commercially important fishes, and are often given the market name black cod.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). "Anoplopomatidae" in FishBase. December 2012 version.
  2. ^ Eschmeyer, William N. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 178. ISBN 0-12-547665-5.