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Saurenchelys meteori

(Saurenchelys meteori)

Description

Saurenchelys meteori is an eel in the family Nettastomatidae (duckbill/witch eels). It was described by Wolfgang Klausewitz and Uwe Zajonz in 2000. It is a marine, deep water-dwelling eel which is known from the western Indian Ocean, including Djibouti, Eritrea, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. It is known to dwell at a depth range of 696 to 705 metres (2,283 to 2,313 ft). Males can reach a maximum total length of 44.2 centimetres (17.4 in). The species epithet "meteori" refers to the German research vessel Meteor. The IUCN redlist currently lists S. meteori as Least Concern, due to its deep water habitat and the presumed lack of major threats thereof.

Taxonomic tree:

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