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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Perciformes
Higher classification  Zoarcoidei
Phylum  Chordata
Scientific name  Anarhichadidae
Rank  Family
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Lower classifications  Atlantic wolffish, Northern wolffish, Spotted wolffish, Wolf eel, Bering wolffish

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.


The five species in two genera are:

  • Genus Anarhichas
  • Northern wolffish, Anarhichas denticulatus Krøyer, 1845.
  • Atlantic wolffish or sea wolf, Anarhichas lupus Linnaeus, 1758.
  • Spotted wolffish, Anarhichas minor Olafsen, 1772.
  • Bering wolffish, Anarhichas orientalis Pallas, 1814.
  • Genus Anarrhichthys
  • Wolf eel, Anarrhichthys ocellatus Ayres, 1855.
  • References

    Anarhichadidae Wikipedia

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