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Free Content The Deepsea Fish Genus Enchelybrotula (Ophidiidae): Description of New Species, Notes on Distribution, and Osteology

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The deepwater ophidiid fish genus Enchelybrotula Smith and Radcliffe, 1913 has been known from only two specimens, one the holotype of E. paucidens from the Celebes, the other listed as the host of a trematode from the Gulf of Panama. A report is presented on six specimens including the above two. A partial osteological description is given of a specimen from the Gulf of Panama. The genus is characterized in part by its narrow row of rather compressed jaw teeth, its massive lower jaw, and its highly placed pectoral fins, all of which may be part of a distinctive feeding complex. Four specimens from the Gulf of Panama are described as a new species, E. gomoni, based on a higher number of dorsal fin rays and vertebrae, and head length greater than body depth. The known range of E. paucidens is extended by a single specimen to the Bay of Bengal.

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Publication date: 1982-01-01

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