Dysomma alticorpus Fricke, Golani, Appelbaum-Golani & Zajonz, 2018
Pale cutthroat eel
Dysomma alticorpus
photo by Darom, D.

Family:  Synaphobranchidae (Cutthroat eels), subfamily: Ilyophinae
Max. size:  32.34 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 350 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba, Israel.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 115-115. This species is distinguished by the following characters: presence of pectoral fin; dorsal fin origin well anterior to the base of the pectoral fin, predorsal length 13.8% TL; anus anterior and slightly behind the level of the tip of the pectoral fin, preanal length 22.8% TL; trunk is very short, 4.1% TL; body is relatively high, depth at the gill opening 7.6% TL, depth at anus 7.8% TL; intermaxillary teeth 2; compound teeth on the vomer 3; ipper jaw with 4 rows of teeth; lower jaw with 1 row of 8 large compound teeth; head pores:IO 4, SO 3; M 6; POP 0; AD 1, F 0, ST 0; lateral-line pores: predorsal 4, prepectoral 8, preanal 14, total 57–58, the last at the posterior two-thirds of the total length; MVF 7-16-115, total vertebrae 115; colour of peritoneum whitish, dorsal and anal fin pale (Ref. 119355).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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