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Bottomfish Identification: Wrymouth & Eel

This identification guide is intended to provide information and key characteristics for common species in Washington marine waters.  To access species information click on the common or scientific name listed in the left hand column.  For each species, information is available on expected sizes, typical distribution, and published ages. 

Additional information about the giant wrymouth is available through Oregon State at:

Additional information about wolf eel is available through Oregon State at:

Enjoy learning about Washington’s Wrymouths and Wolf Eels!

Wrymouths and Wolf Eel
Dwarf Wrymouth (Cryptacanthodes aleutensis)  
Giant Wrymouth (Cryptacanthodes giganteus)
Wolf Eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus)