Anarhichas lupus

Scientific name Anarhichas lupus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category (World) NE
Family Anarhichadidae
Genus Anarhichas
Anarhichas lupus Anarhichas lupus

Introduction

Anarhichas lupus is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    150 cm
  • Longevity
    22 year
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    150 cm
  • Longevity
    22 year
  • Mimicry
    rocky bottoms
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize Anarhichas lupus ?

Anarhichas lupus measures between 100 and 150 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly bleu and gris body. The also has noir vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    Yes
  • Way of living
    diurnal

Anarhichas lupus hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

Anarhichas lupus is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Anarhichas lupus is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert
  • Migratory species
    Yes

Anarhichas lupus is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    1 - 500 m
  • Environment
    Free benthic
  • Flow
    Slow

Biotope presentation

Anarhichas lupus is most often found at a depth between 1m and 500m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Decline in Atlantic wolffish Anarhichas lupus in the North Sea: Impacts of fishing pressure and climate change - Joanna K. Bluemel - Simon H. Fischer - David W. Kulka - Christopher P. Lynam - Jim R. Ellis - journal of fish biology - 2021.

Évaluation et Rapport de situation du COSEPAC sur le loup atlantique Anarhichas lupus au Canada - Niall O’Dea - Richard Haedrich - COSEPAC - 2000.

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