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Nettenchelys dionisi

(Nettenchelys dionisi)

Description

Nettenchelys dionisi is an eel in the family Nettastomatidae (duckbill/witch eels). It was described by Alberto Brito in 1989. It is a marine, deep water-dwelling eel which is known from the Canary Islands, in the eastern central Atlantic Ocean. It dwells at a depth range of 350 to 400 metres (1,150 to 1,310 ft), and leads a benthic lifestyle. Males can reach a maximum total length of 62 centimetres (24 in). The species epithet, "dionisi" refers to Gustavo Perez-Dionis, and was given as a tribute for his contributions to the study of marine life in the Canary Islands.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Anguilliformes
Family:Nettastomatidae
Genus:Nettenchelys
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