Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Nettastomatidae
Etymology: Nettenchelys: Greek, netta = duck + Greek, enchelys, -yos = eel (Ref. 45335); exoria: From the Greek exorios meaning beyond the frontier, in reference to the posterior nostrils, which have migrated beyond the occiput and are located behind the head (Ref. 40819).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 277 - 494 m (Ref. 40819). Deep-water
Western Central Atlantic: off the northeast coast of Florida and from the junction of the Northwest and Northeast Providence Channels in the Bahamas.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 46.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40819)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Posterior nostril behind occiput, between supratemporal canal and dorsal-fin origin. Median supratemporal pore absent, apparently obliterated by nasal tube. Anterior vomerine teeth not enlarged. Predorsal 32-34% preanal, head 31-34% preanal.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Smith, D.G., J.E. Böhlke and P.H.J. Castle, 1981. A revision of the nettastomatid eel genera Nettastoma and Nettenchelys (Pisces: Anguilliformes), with descriptions of six new species. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 94(2):535-560. (Ref. 40819)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 10 - 17.5, mean 13.1 °C (based on 28 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00087 (0.00035 - 0.00219), b=2.98 (2.77 - 3.19), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming tmax>10).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .