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Species: Linkenchelys multipora, Many-pored Cutthroat Eel

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D origin close to anus
teeth slender, sharp
center roof mouth: 1 row teeth
LL = 4-5 pores over gill area
large pectoral

Linkenchelys multipora Smith, 1989

Many-pored Cutthroat Eel

Body moderately elongate, strongly compressed; head and snout moderate, pointed; tip of snout fleshy, with longitudinal folds; large eyes; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a half-moon opening just above top lip, covered from above with a skin flap; mouth ends well behind eye; top jaw projects; jaw teeth long, slender, in narrow bands, inner teeth larger; no patch of teeth between top jaws; central roof of mouth with 1 row of 8 slender teeth; lower jaw with 2-4 rows of teeth; pectoral fin well developed; dorsal fin origin closer to anus than to gill opening; lateral line consists of 4-5 pores high above gill area.

Preserved fish pale brown, edges of dorsal and anal fins black

Reaches 8.2 cm

Depth range 238-247 m

Lives on soft bottoms.

The Bahamas to the southern Caribbean

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8.2
Depth Range Min
  • 238
Depth Range Max
  • 247