The wolffish, also known as sea wolves, are a family, Anarhichadidae, of perciform fish. There are three types of wolffish: The spotted Wolffish, the Atlantic Wolffish, and finally the Northern Atlantic Wolffish.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.

Wolffish
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Northern wolffish, Anarhichas denticulatus
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Anarhichadidae

Bonaparte, 1832
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SpeciesEdit

The six species in two genera are:

Timeline of generaEdit

QuaternaryNeogenePaleogeneHolocenePleist.Plio.MioceneOligoceneEocenePaleoceneAnarrhichthysAnarhichasQuaternaryNeogenePaleogeneHolocenePleist.Plio.MioceneOligoceneEocenePaleocene 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Anarhichadidae" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  • "Anarhichadidae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 5 December 2004.
  • Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
  • “The Wolffishes (Family : Anarhichadidae).” Finfish Aquaculture Diversification, by R. Le François Nathalie, CABI, 2010, pp. 417–418.