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Nettenchelys inion

(Nettenchelys inion)

Description

Nettenchelys inion is an eel in the family Nettastomatidae (duckbill/witch eels). It was described by David G. Smith and James Erwin Böhlke in 1981. It is a marine, deep water-dwelling eel which is known from a single specimen discovered in Florida, USA, in the western central Atlantic Ocean. It is known to dwell at a depth range of 458 to 531 metres (1,503 to 1,742 ft). Males can reach a total length of 42.3 centimetres (16.7 in). The species epithet "inion" means "back of head" in Greek, and is treated as a noun in apposition. It refers to the location of the posterior nostril.

Taxonomic tree:

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