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Notacanthiformes


Notacanthiformes is an order of deep sea ray-finned fishes, consisting of the families Halosauridae and Notacanthidae (spiny eels). The species are eel like and the caudal fin has disappeared from the species. The Notacanthiformes have a leptocephalous ("glass eel") larval stage.

There are about 75 described species belonging to this order.

 

Species list:

Aldrovandia phalacraAldrovandia phalacra
(Hawaiian halosaurid fish)

Scientific name: Aldrovandia phalacra (Vaillant, 1888)
Popular names: Hawaiian halosaurid fish
Danish name: -

Family: Halosauridae (Halosaurs)

Distribution: Circumglobal
Capture sites: Davis and Denmark Strait

Depth: 500 - 2300 meter (benthopelagic)
Max. size: ~ 50 cm


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notacanthus chemnitzNotacanthus chemnitz (Snubnosed spiny eel)

Scientific name: Notacanthus chemnitzii (Bloch, 1788)
Popular names: Snub-nosed spiny eel
Danish name: Chemnitz pigål

Family: Notacanthidae (Deep-sea spiny eels)

Distribution: Circumglobal
Capture sites: Davis and Denmark Strait

Depth: 125 - 3300 meter (benthopelagic)
Max. size: ~ 120 cm

 

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polycanthonotus rissoanus1Polyacanthonotus rissoanus
(Smallmouth spiny eel)

Scientific name: Polyacanthonotus rissoanus (De Filippi & Verany, 1857)
Popular names: Smallmouth spiny eel, Shortspine tapirfish
Danish name: Savrygget pigål

Family: Notacanthidae (Deep-sea spiny eels)

Distribution: Near circumglobal
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Depth: 500 - 2800 m (bathydemersal)
Max. size: 50 cm

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