Neonesthes capensis (Gilchrist & von Bonde, 1924)
Cape snaggletooth
Neonesthes capensis
photo by SFSA

 Family:  Stomiidae (Barbeled dragonfishes), subfamily: Astronesthinae
 Max. size:  17 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 70 - 1650 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: southern Portugal to Mauritania, and from Namibia to South Africa. Western Atlantic: USA to Gulf of Mexico including western Caribbean, and from Brazil to Argentina. Indian Ocean: mostly 25°S, also taken in Arabian Sea. Pacific: mostly south of 25°S, also near Hawaii, off western USA.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-12; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 22-28. Body black in color, often iridescent (Ref. 3982). Teeth in jaws uniserial, very short, spine-like, about equally spaced (Ref. 559). Snout shorter than eye (Ref 559). Anal fin with many rays; its base long, more than twice that of dorsal (Ref. 559). Gill rakers much attenuated, numerous, close together (Ref. 559).
 Biology:  An oceanic and mesopelagic species usually found deeper than 500 m during the day (Ref. 2802). Feeds on midwater fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 2802). Also Ref. 58302.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 13.05.94
 Modified by: Ortañez, Auda Kareen - 29.08.08
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 12.07.94

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