Nettastoma parviceps Günther, 1877
Duck-billed eel
Nettastoma parviceps
photo by SFSA

Family:  Nettastomatidae (Duckbill eels)
Max. size:  82 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 60 - 1190 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: bitemperate distribution, recorded from Japan, Hawaii, eastern Australia, and southeastern Africa. Southeast Pacific: Chile (Ref. 9068). Rare or absent in equatorial waters.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 230. SO5 pore normally absent. Lateral line pores 49-58. Median vomerine teeth not enlarged. Posterior nostril above posterodorsal corner of eye. Other characteristics: Color gray; vertical fins black-edged; snout gray-black; iris and opercular regions silver.
Biology:  Inhabits the continental slope (Ref. 7300, 75154) and shelf (Ref. 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 November 2019 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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