Tuesday, October 12, 2010

FISH: More on mysterious red eel

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Hello Joyce and Art,

These are great photos but difficult for fish identification except for color and body shape. The fish is eel-like, however, it is unlikely (but not impossible) that the specimen is a rare species like Myroconger compressus known from three specimens off west Africa. A better guess would be the wrymouth, Cryptacanthodes maculatus (see photo below from FishBase), though your specimen is rather red for the wrymouth. Wish we had the specimen in hand!


Lou Van Guelpen
Curator of Fishes and Collections Manager
Atlantic Reference Centre
The Huntsman Marine Science Centre
1 Lower Campus Road St. Andrews, NB E5B 2L7
T: 506.529.1203
F: 506.529.1212
E: arc@mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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