Venefica tentaculata

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Venefica tentaculata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Nettastomatidae
Genus: Venefica
Species: V. tentaculata
Binomial name
Venefica tentaculata
Garman, 1899

Venefica tentaculata is an eel in the family Nettastomatidae (duckbill/witch eels).[2] It was described by Samuel Garman in 1899.[3] It is a marine, subtropical eel which is known from the eastern central and northwestern Pacific Ocean, including Mexico, Nicaragua, Japan, and the United States.[1] It dwells at a depth range of 100 to 500 metres (330 to 1,640 ft). Males can reach a maximum total length of 90.0 centimetres (35.4 in).[2]

Due to the relatively wide distribution of this species, and the estimated unlikelihood of major threats, due to its deep water habitat, the IUCN redlist currently lists V. tentaculata as Least Concern.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Venefica tentaculata at the IUCN redlist.
  2. ^ a b Venefica tentaculata at
  3. ^ Garman, S., 1899 (Dec.) [ref. 1540] The Fishes. In: Reports on an exploration off the west coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and off the Galapagos Islands ... by the U. S. Fish Commission steamer "Albatross," during 1891 ... No. XXVI. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology v. 24: Text: 1-431, Atlas: Pls. 1-85 + A-M.