Nettastoma melanurum

Nettastoma melanurum


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.

Item Type:Image
Title:Nettastoma melanurum
Creator(s):Gates, A
Date:20 July 2013
Copyright:SERPENT Project
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Order Anguilliformes (Eels) > Nettastomidae
Species:Nettastoma melanurum
Site:Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Cachalote
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):660
Countries:East Africa > Mozambique
Rig:Discoverer Americas
Project Partners:Oceaneering
Deposited By:Dr Daniel Jones
Deposited On:06 February 2015

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