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Wolf-eel
(Anarrhichthys ocellatus)
walrus
Description
Wolf-eels are large, eel-like fish. They have robust heads and large pectoral fins with 18 to 24 rays. Their bodies are long and tubular, with a single, long dorsal fin that stretches the length of their body, tapering to a point at the tail. They have 218 to 250 flexible spines. These fish have very robust, caniniform teeth.
Dimensions
They can grow to be 80 inches and weigh 41 lb.
Diet
They feed on crustaceans, sea urchins, mussels, clams and some fishes, crushing them with its strong jaws.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit rocky reefs or stony bottom shelves from shallow to moderate depths, picking a territory in a crevice, den or lair in the rocks. They can be found in California, Northwest, Western Canada and Alaska.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS NOT EVALUATED.

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