Nettastomatidae, Nettastoma melanurum Body very elongate, scaleless, cylindrical anteriorly, compressed posteriorly and tapering to a point; anus before midpoint of body. Head long;anterior nostril tubular, at base of prominent snout tip; posterior nostril an oval hole at level of upper eye margin. Jaws elongate, the upper with prominent tip and longer than lower; rictus below posterior eye margin. Teeth in bands on jaws and vomer, their size diminishing slightly from inner rows to outer ones; no palatopterygoid teeth; plates of upper and lower pharyngeal teeth of same shape and size. Gill openings crescentic, lateral. Dorsal, anal and caudal fins confluent, well developed; dorsal fin origin over gill opening.Lateral line with 43-45 preanal pores; 7-9 before gill openings; 3supratemporal pores. Vertebrae: total 186-207 (larvae 186-211 myomeres;preanal 60-70); abdominal 56-59. Colour: (preserved specimens) brownish dorsally, pale whitish-brown ventrally; posterior part of dorsal and anal fins with a black margin; peritoneum black. Size: to 80 cm.
|Date:||20 July 2013|
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Order Anguilliformes (Eels) > Nettastomidae|
|Site:||Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Cachalote|
|Countries:||East Africa > Mozambique|
|Deposited By:||Dr Daniel Jones|
|Deposited On:||06 February 2015|
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