Nemichthys larseni Nielsen & Smith, 1978
Pale snipe eel

Family:  Nemichthyidae (Snipe eels)
Max. size:  160.7 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 170 - 1280 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Oregon, USA to central Mexico, including the Gulf of California; also Hawaii and north of Hawaii to about 38°N.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 173-222; Anal soft rays: 164-208. Most easily distinguished from N. scolopaceus by its pale color; has more postorbital and preopercular pores. Rectangle formed by the lateral line pores is shorter and higher than in scolopaceus. Resembles N. curvirostris in its pale color but the subcutaneous dark bars are not as evident. May be instantly distinguished from curvirostris by the more numerous postorbital and preopercular pores and the much shorter and higher rectangle formed by the lateral line pores. Has smaller teeth than curvirostris.
Biology:  Mesopelagic (Ref. 58302). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 November 2019 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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