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Wolf-Eel
Wolf-eel
Scientific Name Anarrhichthys ocellatus
Conservation Status Data Defficient
Family Chordata
Habitat North Pacific
Food Crustaceans, mollusks, fish


The Wolf eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) is a member of the family Anarhichadidae together with the wolffishes of the genus Anarhichas. The Wolf eel is monotypic within the genus Anarrhichthys. This superficially eel-like fish feeds on crustaceans, sea urchins, mussels, clams and some fishes, crushing them with its strong jaws. They can grow to be 203 centimetres (80 in), 18.6 kilograms (41 lb). They are found in the northern Pacific Ocean, ranging from the Sea of Japan and the Aleutian Islands to northern California. The wolf-eel makes its home on rocky reefs or stony bottom shelves from shallow to moderate depths. They will pick a territory in a crevice, den or lair in the rocks.

Large wolf eels can be aggressive and inflict painful bites on humans. They have edible, tasty white meat. Milton Love notes "They are good to eat and some northwest Native American tribes reserved this species for tribal healers.















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