Diastobranchus capensis  Barnard, 1923

Basketwork eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Synaphobranchidae (Cutthroat eels) > Synaphobranchinae
Etymology: Diastobranchus: Greek, diastasis = separation + Greek, brangchia = gills (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Barnard.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 183 - 2000 m (Ref. 57911).   Deep-water; 5°N - 50°S, 50°W - 179°E

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 180 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57911)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dark purplish black in color (Ref. 3973). Lateral line pores before anus about 27 (Ref. 3973).

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Circum-austral, except eastern Pacific (Ref. 26895). Distributed on the continental slope of South Africa, off Tasmania, New Zealand, Discovery Seamount and the Rio Grande Rise off South America (Ref. 5167). Also found in Argentina (Ref. 47881).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Gon, O., 1990. Synaphobranchidae. p. 102-104. In O. Gon and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Fishes of the Southern Ocean. J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Ref. 5167)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00085 (0.00034 - 0.00211), b=3.08 (2.86 - 3.30), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.2   ±0.6 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):  Very high vulnerability (81 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.