Anarhichas denticulatus Krøyer, 1845
Northern wolffish
photo by Svensen, R.

Family:  Anarhichadidae (Wolffishes)
Max. size:  180 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 20 kg
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 60 - 1700 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  North Atlantic: Spitsbergen, Novaya Zemlya, Barents and Norwegian seas, the Shetlands, the Faeroes, Iceland and south-eastern coasts of Greenland; also known occasionally in northern North Sea and Skaggerak and south to Bay of Biscay. Western Atlantic: Arctic, from Prince Patrick Island to Sable Island off Nova Scotia and Grand Banks in Canada (Ref. 7251).
Diagnosis:  Coloration bluish-black with indistinct spots on the sides. Flesh soft and watery (Ref. 35388).
Biology:  Inhabits offshore waters in midwater; adults also near bottom from 60-970 m, mainly 100-900 m (Ref. 4694). Epibenthic (Ref. 58426). Feeds on sea gooseberries, medusas, small fishes, also echinoderms, crustaceans and mollusks (not so hard-shelled) (Ref. 4694). Spawns at great depths (Ref. 44162).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Ortañez, Auda Kareen - 06.07.07

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