Neenchelys pelagica

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 pelagica



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

  • Holotype: NMMB P15556.
  • Paratypes: CAS 231943; USNM 401022.
  • Type locality: Tungkang Fishing Port, SW Taiwan, northern South China Sea.
  • Diagnosis. A species of Neenchelys distinguished by the combination of the following characters: body moderately elongate, relatively cylindrical, body depth 2.8 to 3.1 times in HL, 28 to 31 in TL; dorsal fin origin at midpoint of trunk, 1.0 to 1.4 times in HL behind gill opening; predorsal length 4.3 to 4.8 in TL; HL 9.8 to 10.2 in TL; tail 1.5 in TL; pectoral fin well developed and relatively large, 3.8 to 4.6 in HL; total vertebrae 169; MVF 33-53-169. Cephalic lateral line pores 14; predorsal pores 36 or 37; preanal pores 56 or 57.
  • Etymology: The specific name is from the Latin pelagica, in reference to its mesopelagic habitat.

Vernacular names

English: Pelagic worm eel