Wolf Eel Skull Replica

$150.00

Not a true Eel, the Wolf Eel is named for its long snake-like body. This fierce-looking fish is nocturnal, feeding on crabs, mussels and urchins. The Wolf Eel has a powerful bite that allows it to crush the hard shells of its prey.

Description

Wolf Eel Skull Replica measures 5.1×3.1×5 in. Wolf Eel Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Wolf Eel or Anarrhichthys ocellatus is a species of wolffish (Anarhichadidae) from the North Pacific. It is monotypic within the genus Anarrhichthys and one of only two genera in the family, the other being Anarhichas.

The Wolf Eel or Anarrhichthys ocellatus have paired gill slits and pectoral fins. The animal can grow up to 7 ft. 10 in. in length and 41 lb. in weight. The young ones are orange with big dark spots in the posterior part of the body. Once older they turn grey, brown grayish or dark olive.

They possess powerful jaws with which they smash their preys: canine teeth in the front and molars in the posterior portion of the mouth.

It only has one dorsal fin, that extends from the head to the end of the body. Male’s have large lips and a protuberance on the superior part of the head. The Wolf Eel usually lives for about 25 years.

The Wolf Eel or Anarrhichthys ocellatus is found in caves, crevices and rocky reefs from shallow waters to a depth of 741 ft., ranging from the Sea of Japan and the Bering Sea to Northern California.

The Wolf Eel or Anarrhichthys ocellatus feeds on invertebrates with hard shells (crustaceans, sea urchins, mussels, clams) and some fishes, crushing them with its strong jaws.

They have a monogamous relationship and tend to mate for life and live in the same cave. They reproduce from October until the end of winter starting from when they are around seven years old.

The male Wolf Eel or Anarrhichthys ocellatus puts his head against the female’s abdomen and wraps around her, while she extrudes the eggs (she can lay up to 10,000 at a time) which he then fertilizes.

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Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 5.1 × 3.1 × 5 in
Wolf Eel Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Anarhichadidae
Genus: Anarrhichthys
Species: A. ocellatus
Binomial name: Anarrhichthys ocellatus