Parasciadonus brevibrachium

Common Name

Eel-like Blindfish

Year Described

Nielsen, 1984

Identification

Dorsal Fin: 78
Anal Fin: 48
Pectoral Fin: 20
Pelvic Fin: absent
Caudal Fin: 7-8
Gill Rakers: 10-15 (vestigial)
Vertebrae: 85 (50 precaudal)

Very elongate and eel-like, with a projecting lower jaw. Head much broader than body. Mouth horizontal; extending past eye. Eyes tiny and embedded in skin. Teeth poorly developed with none on palatine. Pectoral fin with short pedicel. Dorsal and anal fin continuous with caudal fin.

Color

Likely pale and translucent in life.

Size

Maximum size collected about 72mm SL.

Habitat

Abyssal depths on the bottom (5073m).

Range

Known from the Atlantic from one specimen in the Central Atlantic.

References

Nielsen, J.G. 1969. Systematics and biology of the Aphyonidae (Pisces, Ophidioidea). Galathea Report v. 10: 7-90, Pls. 1-4.

Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle, and C.R. Robins. 1999. Ophidiiform fishes of the world (Order Ophidiiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform fishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(18): 178p.