Please add Wolffish, Anarhichas lupus

Common Name: 
Wolffish
Scientific Name: 
Anarhichas lupus
Main Photo: 
Comments: 
Not so common now. There is currently a moratorium on keeping. This one was caught on a head boat out of Gloucester, Mass. (I won the pool!)
Species Assigned: 
Wolffish, Atlantic
Adult Size : 
Standard
Proposed Species Group: 
Saltwater Fishes
Region Caught: 
Saltwater
Closed Without Identification: 
No

Comments

Susquehannock's picture

What an epic fish! Those teeth, the giant tadpole tail, the crazy pattern on its flank, the big black eyes... Holy crap that's awesome.



Amen. Wolffish have the weirdest teeth.  In the front there are rows of nipper teeth like a wrasse. Back farther in their mouths, they have a single row on each side of molar like teeth on the bottom jaw that are fused together.  In the centeof the top of the mouth is a massive bone plate that's like a fist.  The "fist" fits between the lower "molars" for a perfect crushing bite.  It's all designed pefectly to eat large clams.