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Pisces Anguilliformes: Deepwater snake eels (Ophichthidae) from the New Caledonia region, Southwest Pacific Ocean
McCosker, J.E. (1999). Pisces Anguilliformes: Deepwater snake eels (Ophichthidae) from the New Caledonia region, Southwest Pacific Ocean, in: Crosnier, A. (Ed.) Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM 20. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. Série A, Zoologie, 180: pp. 571-588
In: Crosnier, A. (Ed.) (1999). Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM 20. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. Série A, Zoologie, 180. Publications Scientifiques du Muséum: Paris. ISBN 2-85653-520-8. 588 pp.
In: Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. Série A, Zoologie. Editions du Muséum: Paris. ISSN 0078-9747
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  • McCosker, J.E.

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    This paper reports upon the snake eels collected by trawl during the 1985 MUSORSTOM 4 New Caledonia Expedition. The 14 specimens comprised five new ophichthid taxa which are described herein: Ophichthus exounis sp. nov. from 400- 520 m (also from Fiji); O. genie sp. nov. from 430-500 m (also from Maldives); O. mystacinus sp. nov. from 450-580 m; Yirrkala insolitus sp. nov. from 59 m; and Rhinophichthus penicillatus gen. et sp. nov. from 435 m. The dorsal fin location of the new species of Yirrkala provides an expanded character state within the genus. Rhinophichthus differs from other generalized ophichthins in its very conical snout, and includes Ophichthys unicolor Regan from South Africa. The affinities of the new taxa are with Indo-west Pacific ophichthids, however the collections are too few to allow significant conclusions about the bathyal ophichthid fauna of the region.

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