The diet of common wolffish Anarhichas lupus from the North Sea is described, from a total of 143 wolffish stomachs, of which 112 contained food. The main prey were crustaceans and molluscs, together representing almost 70% of diet by relative frequency of occurrence in stomachs. Wolffish >55 cm preferred polychaetes and gastropods while wolffish <55 cm preferred sea urchins and brittle stars. The occurrence of empty stomachs was significantly less in spring than in summer or in autumn/winter. Meal size was lowest in winter and highest in spring. These data reflect a period of low food intake in winter during spawning and tooth replacement, followed by a recovery feeding episode in spring.
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