Duckbill oceanic eel

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Duckbill oceanic eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Derichthyidae
Genus: Nessorhamphus
Species: N. ingolfianus
Binomial name
Nessorhamphus ingolfianus
(Schmidt, 1912)
  • Leptocephalus ingolfianus Schmidt, 1912
  • Avocettina scapularostris Borodin, 1929

The Duckbill oceanic eel (Nessorhamphus ingolfianus, also known as the Duckbilled eel or the Ingolf duckbill eel[2]) is an eel in the family Derichthyidae (longneck eels).[3] It was described by Johannes Schmidt in 1912.[4] It is a marine, deep water-dwelling eel which is known from France, Morocco, the Cape of Good Hope, and South Africa in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, as well as from the western Atlantic, southwestern Indian, and southwestern Pacific. It dwells at a depth range of 0–1800 metres, inhabiting the mesopelagic zone. Males can reach a maximum total length of 58.9 centimetres.[3]

The Duckbill oceanic eel feeds primarily on crustaceans.[5]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Nessorhamphus ingolfianus at
  2. ^ Common names for Nessorhamphus ingolfianus at
  3. ^ a b Nessorhamphus ingolfianus at
  4. ^ Schmidt, E. J., 1912 [ref. 18702] Contributions to the biology of some North Atlantic species of eels. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening, Kjøbenhavn. v. 64: 39-51, Pl. 3.
  5. ^ Food items reported for Nessorhamphus ingolfianus at