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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Notacanthiformes
Family: Notacanthidae Deep-sea spiny eels

Genus: Notacanthus

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Western Pacific

Notacanthus abbotti Fowler, 1934

Photo by Photo by Shao, K.T.
Notacanthus abbotti

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 26 cm TL
Notacanthus bonaparte Risso, 1840

Photo by Photo by Orlov, A.
Notacanthus bonaparte
[Shortfin spiny eel]

Worldwide except in tropi
Max. Length 120 cm TL
Notacanthus chemnitzii Bloch, 1788

Photo by Photo by Román Marcote, E.
Notacanthus chemnitzii
[Snubnosed spiny eel]
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Max. Length 20 cm TL

Notacanthus indicus

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Notacanthus sexspinis Richardson, 1846

Photo by Photo by Le Noury, P.
Notacanthus sexspinis
[Spiny-back eel]
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Notacanthus spinosus

6 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Notacanthus abbotti Western Pacific 1934
Notacanthus bonaparte Shortfin spiny eel Eastern Atlantic 26 TL 1840
Notacanthus chemnitzii Snubnosed spiny eel Worldwide except in tropi 120 TL 1788
Notacanthus indicus Western Indian Ocean 20 TL 1909
Notacanthus sexspinis Spiny-back eel Southeast Atlantic 60 TL 1846
Notacanthus spinosus Eastern Central Pacific 1899

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