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Estuaries such as Long Island Sound are among the most valuable ecosystems in the world. The Sound supports diverse marine life, including most of the fish and shellfish we value as food ..."
– Connecticut Sea Grant
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Common Name:  Atlantic wolffish

Latin Name:  Anarhichas lupus

Size/weight:  Up to five feet long and 40 pounds; average is 3 feet and 15 pounds.

Range:  From Greenland to New Jersey

Habitat:  Hard bottoms from near shore down to 500 feet.

Diet:  Mollusks, echinoderms  and crustaceans.

Predators:  Humans, cod and some marine mammals.

Description:  Long body that tapers down to a slender tail; blueish grey with irregular vertical bars on its sides.  Long dorsal fin and protruding teeth.

Conservation Note:  Not listed as threatened or endangered.

See them in the Depths of the Sound gallery (in the Shipwreck habitat) and in “Go Fish!” »



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