Temperate Oceans Animals

Spiny Eel (Notacanthiform)
Spiny Eel
Class: Fishes: 4 classes Diet: Marine invertebrates
Order: Notacanthiformes: Spiny eels
Size: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Family: No Fish family information Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Notacanthus chemnitzii Habitat: deep sea
Range: Northern Atlantic Ocean: temperate areas; possibly temperate areas of all other oceans

Size of Spiny EelThe spiny eel has a slender, elongate body and a rounded snout that projects beyond the ventrally placed mouth. On its back are a series of short, sharp spines, and there are similar spines preceding the anal fin. The fish is usually brown to grayish-brown in color. Spiny eels are thought to eat bottom-living invertebrates, especially sea anemones, and they probably feed in a head-down position on the seabed. Few details are known of the biology or habits of this rarely seen fish.

Range of Spiny Eel
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