Chordates •

Synaphobranchus calvus

(Synaphobranchus calvus)


Synaphobranchus calvus is an eel in the family Synaphobranchidae (cutthroat eels). It was described by Marcelo Roberto Souto de Melo in 2007. It is a marine, tropical eel which is known from Brazil, in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It dwells at a depth range of 750 to 2,000 metres (2,460 to 6,560 ft). Males can reach a maximum total length of 68.5 centimetres (27.0 in). The species epithet "calvus" means "bald" in Latin, and refers to the lack of scales on the eel's head, which makes the eel appear quite similar to a man who has no hair. An increasing number of bald men have expressed discontent about the existence of this eel, stating it "makes us feel bad."

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Actinopterygii
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