Nessorhamphus ingolfianus (Schmidt, 1912)
Duckbill oceanic eel
Nessorhamphus ingolfianus
photo by Dolgov, A.

 Family:  Derichthyidae (Longneck eels)
 Max. size:  59.8 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 1800 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: France to Morocco; off the Cape, South Africa (Ref. 6592). Also known from temperate and subtropical latitudes of the western Atlantic, southwestern Indian, and southwest Pacific.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0. Dark brown in color (Ref. 6592). Snout long, depressed, and spatulate in form; lateral line distinct; pectoral fin long, subequal to snout; dorsal and anal fin rays abruptly become shorter near tip of tail and once again become longer, so it appears an independent caudal fin is present (Ref. 13608).
 Biology:  Mesopelagic (Ref. 5951). Feeds mainly on crustaceans.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 06.03.94
 Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 21.07.08
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 23.08.94

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