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Published: 2022-09-23

A new species of the congrid eel genus Bathycongrus (Order Anguilliformes) from eastern Taiwan

Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan
National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, Pingtung 944, Taiwan 3Institute of Marine Biology, National Dong Hwa University, Pingtung 944, Taiwan 4Department and Graduate Institute of Aquaculture, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung 81157, Taiwan
Department of Aquaculture, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan 6Center of Excellence for the Oceans, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan
Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan. Center of Excellence for the Oceans, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan
Pisces Biodiversity taxonomy Ichthyology Congrinae

Abstract

A new species of the congrid eel genus Bathycongrus is described on the basis of three specimens collected from the deep waters of eastern Taiwan. Bathycongrus melanostomus sp. nov., belongs to the few vertebrae species complex and is distinct in having a short and broad snout; a much reduced caudal fin; abdomen, mouth cavity and gill chamber blackish; small conical blunt teeth on vomer forming an elongate patch; total vertebrae 133–135, and total lateral-line pores 108–109.

 

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