Lycodes polaris (Sabine, 1824)
Canadian eelpout
Lycodes polaris
photo by Armesto, A.

Family:  Zoarcidae (Eelpouts), subfamily: Lycodinae
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 300 m
Distribution:  Nearly circumpolar along Arctic coasts of Asia and North America. North Pacific: northern part of Bering Sea.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 90-93. Pelvic fins small (Ref. 4695). 9-11 light cross-bands separated by slightly broader dark bands; peritoneum light (Ref. 4695).
Biology:  Found on muddy bottoms (Ref. 4695). Buries into the mud tail first (Ref. 4695). Benthic (Ref. 58426). Feeds on small benthic invertebrates (Ref. 4695); mainly of amphipods (Ref. 5951).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 05.03.19
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 07.09.94

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