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Family: Synaphobranchidae Cutthroat eels
Subfamily: Synaphobranchinae

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11 species (see list below)

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Photo by Yau, B.

Circum-austral, except ea
Max. Length 180 cm TL
Diastobranchus capensis Barnard, 1923

Photo by Yau, B.
Diastobranchus capensis
[Basketwork eel]

Photo by MNHN

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 51.1 cm TL
Haptenchelys texis Robins & Martin, 1976

Photo by MNHN
Haptenchelys texis

Photo by Almeida, A.J.

South Atlantic, Indian an
Max. Length 67 cm TL
Histiobranchus australis (Regan, 1913)

Photo by Almeida, A.J.
Histiobranchus australis

Photo by Reyes, R.B.

North Atlantic and North
Max. Length 137 cm
Histiobranchus bathybius (Günther, 1877)

Photo by Reyes, R.B.
Histiobranchus bathybius
[Deep-water arrowtooth eel]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 69 cm TL

Histiobranchus bruuni
[Bruun's cutthroat]

Photo by SFSA

Circumglobal, except the
Max. Length 160 cm TL
Synaphobranchus affinis Günther, 1877

Photo by SFSA
Synaphobranchus affinis
[Grey cutthroat]

Photo by JAMARC

Circumtropical, except th
Max. Length 111 cm TL
Synaphobranchus brevidorsalis Günther, 1887

Photo by JAMARC
Synaphobranchus brevidorsalis
[Shortdorsal cutthroat eel]
No picture found
South Atlantic
Max. Length 68.5 cm TL

Synaphobranchus calvus
No picture found
North Atlantic

Synaphobranchus dolichorhynchus

Photo by DESCNA

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Synaphobranchus kaupii Johnson, 1862

Photo by DESCNA
Synaphobranchus kaupii
[Kaup's arrowtooth eel]
No picture found
Circumtropical, except in
Max. Length 111 cm TL

Synaphobranchus oregoni
11 Species of Family Synaphobranchidae
(Cutthroat eels)
Sort by: Species Length Year
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1923 Diastobranchus capensis Basketwork eel Circum-austral, except ea 180 TL
1976 Haptenchelys texis Western Atlantic 51.1 TL
1913 Histiobranchus australis South Atlantic, Indian an 67 TL
1877 Histiobranchus bathybius Deep-water arrowtooth eel North Atlantic and North 137
1964 Histiobranchus bruuni Bruun's cutthroat Southwest Pacific 69 TL
1877 Synaphobranchus affinis Grey cutthroat Circumglobal, except the 160 TL
1887 Synaphobranchus brevidorsalis Shortdorsal cutthroat eel Circumtropical, except th 111 TL
2007 Synaphobranchus calvus South Atlantic 68.5 TL
1913 Synaphobranchus dolichorhynchus North Atlantic
1862 Synaphobranchus kaupii Kaup's arrowtooth eel Eastern Atlantic 100 TL
1960 Synaphobranchus oregoni Circumtropical, except in 111 TL

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