Nemichthys curvirostris (Strömman, 1896)
Pale threadtail snipe eel
Nemichthys curvirostris
photo by SFSA

Family:  Nemichthyidae (Snipe eels)
Max. size:  143 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 2000 m
Distribution:  Worldwide in tropical and temperate waters (Ref. 33390). Western Atlantic: USA to Argentina. Eastern Atlantic: Azores to South Africa. Indian Ocean: Reunion (Ref. 33390). Southwest Pacific: Australia (Ref. 7300) and New Zealand (Ref. 5755).
Diagnosis:  Pale in color with black lines between vertebrae (Ref. 3248).
Biology:  Diurnal migrations (Ref. 51024). Feeds on crustaceans. Oviparous, strong sexual dimorphism (Ref. 3247).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 05 March 2011 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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