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Anarhichas minor (Spotted wolf-fish; Spotted wolffish; Spotted wolf; Spotted sea catfish; Spotted sea cat; Catfish; Spotted sea-cat)

Synonyms: Anarhicas karrak; Anarhichas karrak; Anarhichas leopardus; Anarhichas maculatus; Anarhichas scansor; Anarhichas steenstrupii; Anarrhicas steenstrupii; Anarrhichas leopardus; Anarrhichas pantherinus; Anarrhichas pantherinvs; Anarrhichas steenstrupii
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Wikipedia Abstract

The spotted wolffish (Anarhichas minor) is a large marine fish of the Anarhichadidae family. Other common names include leopardfish and spotted catfish. It is classified as a threatened species, at risk of extinction.The bottom-dwelling spotted wolffish is found across the North Atlantic from north of Russia to the Scotian Shelf, off Nova Scotia. The population declined by about 90% from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, particularly in the northern part of its range.
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Migration [1]  Oceanodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Saguenay - St. Lawrence Marine Park National Marine Conservation Area II 310822 Canada

Prey / Diet

Calanus finmarchicus[2]
Calanus glacialis[2]
Calanus hyperboreus[2]
Chionoecetes opilio (snow crab)[3]
Chlamys islandica (Iceland scallop)[2]
Ctenodiscus crispatus (Mud star)[2]
Echinarachnius parma (common sand dollar)[3]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[2]
Gaidropsarus ensis (Three-beard rockling)[3]
Meganyctiphanes norvegica (Norwegian krill)[2]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[2]
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)[2]
Ophiopholis aculeata (daisy brittle star)[2]
Ophiura sarsii[2]
Pandalus borealis (northern shrimp)[3]
Themisto abyssorum[2]
Thysanoessa inermis[2]
Thysanoessa longicaudata[2]
Thysanoessa raschii (Arctic krill)[2]
Urophycis tenuis (White hake)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Amblyraja hyperborea (Arctic skate)1
Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)2
Anarhichas lupus (Wolffish)3
Atheresthes stomias (Turbot)1
Bathyraja spinicauda (Spiny-tailed skate)1
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)1
Centroscyllium fabricii (Black dogfish)1
Dasycottus setiger (Spinyhead sculpin)1
Dipturus batis (Blue skate)1
Etmopterus spinax (Black centrina)1
Gadus chalcogrammus (Whiting)1
Gadus macrocephalus (Pacific cod)2
Gadus morhua (rock cod)2
Hemitripterus bolini (Bigmouth sculpin)1
Hexagrammos stelleri (Greenling)1
Hippoglossoides elassodon (Paper sole)2
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)3
Hippoglossus stenolepis (Pacific halibut)1
Lepidopsetta polyxystra (Northern rock sole)1
Limanda aspera (Yellowfin sole)1
Macrourus berglax (smoothspined grenadier)2
Malacoraja senta (Smooth skate)2
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)1
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)1
Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus (Sculpin)1
Pagophilus groenlandicus (Harp Seal)1
Phocoena phocoena (Harbor Porpoise)1
Pleuronectes quadrituberculatus (Alaska plaice)2
Pollachius virens (Sillock)1
Rajella fyllae (Round ray)1
Rajella lintea (Sharp-nosed skate)1
Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Turbot)1
Tautoga onitis (Tautog)1
Triglops murrayi (Moustache sculpin)1
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)1
Zoarces americanus (Ocean pout)1


Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)[2]
Cystophora cristata (Hooded Seal)[2]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[2]
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)[2]
Somniosus microcephalus (gray shark)[2]
Squalus acanthias (Common spiny)[2]


Parasitized by 
Brachyenteron pycnorganum[4]
Derogenes varicus[4]
Fellodistomum agnotum[4]
Fellodistomum fellis[4]
Gyrodactylus anarhichatis[2]
Gyrodactylus errabundus[4]
Lepidophyllum steenstrupi[4]
Neophasis anarrhichae[4]
Neophasis lageniformis <Unverified Name>[4]
Neophasis pusilla[4]
Peracreadium idoneum[4]
Podocotyle reflexa[4]
Prosorhynchus squamatus[4]
Pseudozoogonoides subaequiporus[4]
Scolex pleuronectis <Unverified Name>[4]
Steringophorus furciger[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium du Quebec
Biodome de Montreal


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Canada; East Greenland Shelf/Sea; Faeroe Islands; Faroe Plateau; Greenland; Iceland; Iceland Shelf/Sea; Newfoundland-Labrador Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Northwest Atlantic: western Greenland and Nova Scotia in Canada to Massachusetts in USA and perhaps to New Jersey, USA (Ref. 7251). Northeast Atlantic: Spitsbergen southward to Scandinavian coasts (to about Bergen, also Iceland and south-eastern coasts; Northwest Atlantic: western Greenland and Nova Scotia in Canada to Massachusetts in USA and perhaps to New Jersey, USA (Ref. 7251). Northeast Atlantic: Spitsbergen southward to Scandinavian coasts (to about Bergen, also Iceland and south-eastern coasts of Greenland.; Norway; Norwegian Sea; Scotian Shelf; Svalbard and Jan Mayen; Sweden; USA (contiguous states); West Greenland Shelf;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Feeding Habits of Fish Species Distributed on the Grand Bank, Concepción González1, Xabier Paz, Esther Román, and María Hermida, NAFO SCR Doc. 06/31, Serial No. N5251 (2006)
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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