Lycenchelys paxillus (Goode & Bean, 1879)
Common wolf eel
photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada

Family:  Zoarcidae (Eelpouts), subfamily: Lycodinae
Max. size:  17.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 46 - 1525 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: West Greenland (Ref. 34267) and Grand Banks to North Carolina, USA.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 112-124; Anal soft rays: 106-116; Vertebrae: 127-137. Predorsal length 17.1-23.1% SL. Suborbital head pores, 7 (rarely 6). Abdomen scaled.
Biology:  Lives on mud or sand (Ref. 5951); benthic (Ref. 58426). Feeds on molluscs and cumaceans (Ref. 58426).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 04.05.98
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 09.07.08

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