Digitate cusk eel (Dicrolene intronigra)
This is definitely the ophidioid Dicrolene. The elongate free pelvic rays directed forward are characteristic of this taxon, and the large eye and white lateral line pores help. The full ID is probably D. intronigra, common between 800-1800 m both sides of the Atlantic at tropical latitudes. There are about 10 nominal species, but probably only about 4-5 are valid. A key characteristic is the short sharp preopercular spine. In D. intronigra, it is short, straight, and not visible in photos. In the next most likely possibility, D. kanazawai, the spine is longer, curved upward, white, and would be visible in a photo of the present quality.
|Title:||Digitate cusk eel (Dicrolene intronigra)|
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Ophidiformes (Ophidid fish) > Ophidiidae (Cusk eels)|
|Site:||Atlantic > Northern Tropical Atlantic > Tiof|
|Latitude:||17 deg 30' 00" N|
|Longitude:||17 deg 15' 00" W|
|Countries:||West Africa > Mauritania|
|Rig:||Boa Deep Sea|
|Project Partners:||Boa, Woodside, Oceaneering|
|Deposited By:||Rob Curry|
|Deposited On:||13 March 2007|
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