Synaphobranchid eel

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The fish in the images looks like a species of the Synaphobranchid genus Ilyophis. This is based on the inflated looking snout, relatively small eye, and prominent white lateral line pores. A possible species is Ilyophis blachei from the depth and body size. It is feeding on a crustacean, perhaps a member of the Dendrobranchiata

Item Type:Image
Title:Synaphobranchid eel
Creator(s):Gates, A
Identification:Sulak, K
Date:06 August 2012
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Order Anguilliformes (Eels) > Synaphobranchidae (Deepsea eels)
Species:Ilyophis sp.
Site:Atlantic > South Atlantic
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):2011
Countries:West Africa > Angola
Project Partners:Subsea 7
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:10 September 2012

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