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Banded Gunnel (Pholis fasciata)

The Banded Gunnel or Pholis fasciata is the only species of Gunnel fish found in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. These fish are slender and only grow to about 12" (30cm) in length. They are normally a blend of orange and red with white blotches on their backs and a dorsal fin with black spots on it. Their short pectoral fins make them look almost like an eel.
Banded Gunnels are found up to about 100 meters deep, normally in areas with sandy or gravel bottoms. These fish can survive in waters of 5 degrees Celsius and above. They will feed on small crustaceans and fall prey to Cod and Sculpins as well as seabirds.

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