Spotted Ratfish

Spotted Ratfish

Hydrolagus colliei

Physical Description

The Spotted Ratfish is characterized by a slender body, elongated snout, and distinctive spotted patterning. It typically reaches lengths of 60 to 90 centimeters.


Found in deep waters along the continental shelf, the Spotted Ratfish prefers rocky or sandy bottoms, often at depths ranging from 30 to 900 meters.

Geographical Range

This species inhabits the eastern Pacific Ocean, ranging from Alaska to Baja California.

What They Eat

Feeding primarily on benthic invertebrates such as crustaceans and mollusks, the Spotted Ratfish utilizes its specialized dentition to crush shells and extract prey.