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Watercolour 23 x 48 cm
Fish #170 Vahl's Eelpout Lycodes vahlii ~ Vera Johnson
Textile 20 x 38 cm
Classification: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes), Perciforms (Perch-like), Zoarciae (Eelpots), Lycodinae.
Description: Body fairly elongate, covered with scales to bases of pectoral and pelvic fins. Dorsal fin without depression, front end with 0-3 black-brown spots. Lateral line runs near the anal fin. Size: usually 25-30 cm, up to 52cm.
Habitat/biology: Lives at temps of 0-5°C, on muddy bottoms at 150-500m, salinities 34-35‰. Feeds mainly on endobenthic prey, with shrimps and euphausiids more prominent prey as the size increases. Large eggs (few) of 6mm diameter.
Distribution: Arctic to Northwest Atlantic. Nova Scotia, Greenland, Scandinavia, southwestern part of Barents Sea.
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