Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Nettastomatidae
Etymology: Saurenchelys: Greek, sauros = lizard + Greek,enchelys, -yos = eel (Ref. 45335); meteori: Named after the German research vessel 'Meteor'.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range ? - 705 m (Ref. 37587). Deep-water, preferred ?
Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 44.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37587)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 248. Posterior nostril in front of upper half of eye, with a rather large flap; narrow patch of teeth in 2-3 regular series on pterygoids; a row of enlarged caniniform teeth medially on vomer, on both sides associated with 2-5 series of smaller caniniform teeth. Body short, but longer than in other Indo-Pacific species. Tail long and tapering. Other characteristics: dorsal fin rays 418; anal fin rays 301; lateral line pores 206.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Klausewitz, W. and U. Zajonz, 2000. Saurenchelys meteori n. sp. From the deep Red Sea and redescriptions of the type specimens of Saurenchelys cancrivora Peters, 1865, Chlopsis fierasfer Jordan & Snyder, 1901, and Nettastoma elongatum Kotthaus, 1968 . . . . Fauna of Arabia 18:337-355. (Ref. 37587)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5039 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00081 (0.00030 - 0.00219), b=3.02 (2.79 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming tmax>10).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .