Saurenchelys taiwanensis Karmovskaya, 2004
Saurenchelys taiwanensis
photo by National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, Taiwan

Family:  Nettastomatidae (Duckbill eels)
Max. size:  34.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 1043 - 1102 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Philippines.
Diagnosis:  Diagnosis: The origin of the dorsal fin is above the gill opening. Teeth on vomer 3 rows with 17 large teeth in the medial row. Pterygoid is elongated and narrow. Lateral line pores to vent 32. Rays of the dorsal fin to the beginning of anal fin 62. Vertebrae more than 199 , trunk vertebrae 59. The swim bladder does not reach anus. Light gastrointestinal tract (Ref. 54804).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 08.01.07

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