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Volume 41 - Number 2 - 2006
Nota Científica

First record of the abyssal eel Diastobranchus capensis Barnard, 1923 in the southeastern Pacific ocean (Osteichthyes: Synaphobranchidae)

Pablo Reyes1 y Germán Pequeño1


Universidad Austral de Chile, Instituto de Zoología “Ernst F. Kilian”, Casilla 567, Valdivia, Chile



The finding of one specimen (IZUA-PM-2338, 875 mm TL) of Diastobranchus capensis Barnard, 1923 (Osteichthyes: Anguilliformes: Synaphobranchidae), captured at 2.000 m depth off Golfo de Penas, southernChile (48º31’12’’S-75º15’04’’W) is reported and represents the first record of this genus for the southeastern Pacific. The ichthyogeographical meaning of this finding is also analyzed. A taxonomic key to recognize Chilean synaphobranchid eels is included.


Key words: Continental slope, eel, abyss, Synaphobranchidae, Diastobranchus, Chile




1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
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