Ariosoma multivertebratum Karmovskaya, 2004
Ariosoma multivertebratum
photo by Karmovskaya, E.

Family:  Congridae (Conger and garden eels), subfamily: Bathymyrinae
Max. size:  54.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 300 - 460 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Marquesas islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 258-258; Anal soft rays: 180-183; Vertebrae: 183-189. Diagnosis: The head and belly of this species is dark; margins of dorsal and anal fins black; pectoral and caudal fins light; dark spot on operculum. Dorsal fin originates slightly in front of the base of pectoral fin, above the 7th-10th pore of lateral line. Vertebrae 183-189; trunk vertebrae 128-132. Pores of lateral line to anus 57-62. Supraorbital canal 4, suborbital canal 7, preoperculomandibular canal 10, occipital commissure 0 (Ref. 54804).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 19 August 2011 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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