Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wolf Eel

Anarrhichthys ocellatus
Despite the name, Wolf Eels aren't actually related to the true Eels- they are members of the bony fish order! They are a monotypic species in their genus, and belong to the Wolffish family along with four other species.

If you take a look at the Wolf Eel's head, you'll notice it actually looks pretty fish like. But when its body is supposed to stop.... it just keeps going. They can grow several feet long and weigh nearly 40lbs!

Wolf Eels live in relatively shallow water, typically no deeper than around 700ft (213m). They live in rocky crevasses, leaving only their heads exposed. They hunt mollusks, shellfish, and crustaceans by waiting for the critters to wander by. Interestingly, Wolf Eels are monogamous, and pairs will share a den and protect their eggs together.

IUCN Status : Not Listed
Location : Pacific Ocean
Size : Length up to 80in (2m), Weight up to 40lbs (18kg)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Actinopterygii -- Order : Perciformes
Family : Anarhichadidae -- Genus : Anarrhichthys -- Species : A. ocellatus

1 comment:

  1. awsome best one ive ever seen :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


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