Sawtooth eel

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Sawtooth eels
Serrivomer beanii.jpg
Bean's Sawtooth Eel, Serrivomer beanii.
From plate 47 of Oceanic Ichthyology by George Brown Goode and Tarleton Hoffman Bean, published 1896.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Serrivomeridae

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Sawtooth eels are a family, Serrivomeridae, of eels found in temperate and tropical seas worldwide.

Sawtooth eels get their name from the human-like arrangement of inward-slanting teeth attached to the vomer bone in the roof of the mouth. They are deepwater pelagic fish.[1]


The 11 species are found in these two genera:[2]

Family Serrivomeridae


  1. ^ McCosker, John F. (1998). Paxton, J.R.; Eschmeyer, W.N., eds. Encyclopedia of Fishes. San Diego: Academic Press. p. 90. ISBN 0-12-547665-5. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). "Serrivomeridae" in FishBase. January 2011 version.