Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Nettastomatidae
Etymology: Nettenchelys: Greek, netta = duck + Greek, enchelys, -yos = eel (Ref. 45335); inion: From the Greek word inion meaning back of head, occiput, referring to the position of the posterior nostril. Noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 458 - 531 m (Ref. 40819). Deep-water
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Central Atlantic: known from a single specimen from just south of Bimini at eastern edge of the Straits of Florida.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 42.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40819)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 210. Posterior nostril at occiput, just in front of supratemporal canal. Median supratemporal pore present. Anterior vomerine teeth not enlarged. Predorsal 37% preanal, head 38% 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
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 8.3 - 9, mean 8.5 °C (based on 7 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00060 (0.00023 - 0.00155), b=3.08 (2.86 - 3.30), 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 (26 of 100) .