Neenchelys diaphora

Taxonavigation: Congroidei 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Elopocephalai
Supercohors: Elopocephala
Cohors/Superordo: Elopomorpha
Ordo: Anguilliformes
Subordo: Congroidei

Familia: Ophichthidae
Subfamilia: Myrophinae
Genus: Neenchelys
Species: Neenchelys diaphora



Neenchelys diaphora H.-C. Ho, J. E. McCosker & D. G. Smith. 2015

  • Holotype: NMMB P17563.
  • Paratypes: NMMB P16304, P17553.
  • Type locality: Tungkang Fishing Port, SW Taiwan, northern South China Sea.
  • Diagnosis. A species of Neenchelys distinguished in having a combination of the following characters: body relatively cylindrical, 2.8 to 3.3 times in HL, 28 to 35 in TL; dorsal fin origin at midpoint of trunk, 1.2 to 1.5 times in HL behind gill opening; predorsal length 4.4 to 4.6 in TL; HL 9.9 to 10.8 in TL; tail 1.5 to 1.6 in TL; pectoral fin well developed and relatively large, 3.7 to 4.0 in HL; total vertebrae 177 to 186; MVF 35-54-181. Cephalic lateral line pores 13 to 15; predorsal pores 35 to 38; preanal pores 56 to 59.
  • Etymology: The specific name is from the Greek diaphoros, meaning different. Initially, the holotype was recognized as being closely similar to Neenchelys pelagica. With newly collected specimens, the authors were able to confirm its differentiation and described it as a new species.

Vernacular names

English: Longfin worm eel