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Free Content The Eels, Anguilla and Histiobranchus, Photographed on the Floor of the Deep Atlantic in the Bahamas

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The first record of an adult eel of the genus Anguilla in the deep sea is reported from nearly 2,000 meters on the bottom of Tongue-of-the-Ocean, Bahamas. The record is based on photographs taken from the submersible Alvin. Whether it represents Anguilla anguilla or Anguilla rostrata cannot be determined.

The basis of the identification is discussed and comments are provided on other eels of the region especially Histiobranchus, a synaphobranchid eel also photographed in Tongue-of-the-Ocean. Comments are provided concerning the significance of this discovery to our knowledge of the distribution and biology of Anguilla.
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Publication date: 1979-07-01

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