Ilyophis blachei Saldanha & Merrett, 1982
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Family:  Synaphobranchidae (Cutthroat eels), subfamily: Ilyophinae
Max. size:  79.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 580 - 2023 m
Distribution:  Northeast Atlantic, Southeast Atlantic and southern Indian Ocean.
Diagnosis:  Body large, robust; either partially scaled or naked body. Broad, angular posterior nostril flap, with flap and nostril rim ornamented with numerous leaf-like marginal projections. Very oblique gill slits (ca 30° relative to horizontal axis of the body).
Biology:  Found on the lower continental slope at 1,465-2,070 m (Ref. 6726). Carnivorous, feeding primarily on galatheid crustaceans (Ref. 6726). Probably spawn in June-July (Ref. 6726).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 17.01.00
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 30.01.08

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