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Family: Notacanthidae Deep-sea spiny eels



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Leptocephalus giganteus
[Giant leptocephalus]



Northwest Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Lipogenys gillii Goode & Bean, 1895

Photo by Photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
 
Lipogenys gillii
[]



Western Pacific

Notacanthus abbotti Fowler, 1934

Photo by Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Notacanthus abbotti
[]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 26 cm TL
Notacanthus bonaparte Risso, 1840

Photo by Photo by Orlov, A.
 
Notacanthus bonaparte
[Shortfin spiny eel]



Worldwide except in tropi
Max. Length 120 cm TL
Notacanthus chemnitzii Bloch, 1788

Photo by Photo by Román Marcote, E.
 
Notacanthus chemnitzii
[Snubnosed spiny eel]
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Max. Length 20 cm TL

 
Notacanthus indicus
[]



Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Notacanthus sexspinis Richardson, 1846

Photo by Photo by Le Noury, P.
 
Notacanthus sexspinis
[Spiny-back eel]
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Notacanthus spinosus
[]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Polyacanthonotus africanus (Gilchrist & von Bonde, 1924)

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Polyacanthonotus africanus
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North Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Polyacanthonotus challengeri (Vaillant, 1888)

Photo by Photo by Orlov, A.
 
Polyacanthonotus challengeri
[Longnose tapirfish]
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Polyacanthonotus merretti
[]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 9.5 cm ot
Polyacanthonotus rissoanus (De Filippi & Verany, 1857)

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Polyacanthonotus rissoanus
[Smallmouth spiny eel]



12 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Leptocephalus giganteus Giant leptocephalus Circumglobal 1959
Lipogenys gillii Northwest Atlantic 50 TL 1895
Notacanthus abbotti Western Pacific 1934
Notacanthus bonaparte Shortfin spiny eel Eastern Atlantic 26 TL 1840
Notacanthus chemnitzii Snubnosed spiny eel Worldwide except in tropi 120 TL 1788
Notacanthus indicus Western Indian Ocean 20 TL 1909
Notacanthus sexspinis Spiny-back eel Southeast Atlantic 60 TL 1846
Notacanthus spinosus Eastern Central Pacific 1899
Polyacanthonotus africanus Eastern Atlantic 50 TL 1924
Polyacanthonotus challengeri Longnose tapirfish North Pacific 60 TL 1888
Polyacanthonotus merretti Western Atlantic 1984
Polyacanthonotus rissoanus Smallmouth spiny eel Eastern Atlantic 9.5 ot 1857



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