Northeast Atlantic: Spitsbergen southward to White Sea, Scandinavian coasts, North Sea, the British Isles, also Iceland and south-eastern coasts of Greenland. Northwest Atlantic: southern Labrador in Canada and western Greenland to Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA; rarely to New Jersey, USA.
Elsewhere in the Baltic Sea (east to Rügen and Bornholm Islands), Bay of Biscay and northwestern Mediterranean (Gulf of Genoa).
Inhabit rocky bottoms, sometimes over sand or mud, from 1-500 m.
Benthic, feeds on fishes , hard-shelled mollusks, crabs, lobsters, sea urchins and other echinoderms.
Solitary in habit. Marketed fresh and frozen; eaten steamed, fried, broiled, boiled, microwaved and baked.
Anarhichas lupus marisalbi Barsukov, 1956
Anarhichas strigosus Gmelin, 1789
Anarhichas vomerinus Agassiz, 1867
Anarrhichas vomerinus Agassiz, 1867 (misspelling)