Ingolf Duckbill Eel, Nessorhamphus ingolfianus (Schmidt 1912)

Other Names: Duckbilled Eel

Ingolf Duckbill Eel, Nessorhamphus ingolfianus, from the Lord Howe Rise SE of Lord Howe Island, May 2003 (CSIRO H6038-18) - depth 0-1200 m . Source: Robin McPhee / NORFANZ Founding Parties. License: All rights reserved

A duckbill eel with a spatulate tip on the snout that extends well beyond the lower jaw, and a small gill slit positioned in front of and below the pectoral-fin base.

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Ingolf Duckbill Eel, Nessorhamphus ingolfianus (Schmidt 1912)

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Off Broken Bay, NSW (33º34´S) to ESE of Strahan, TAS (46º26'S, 144º42'E), and the Lord Howe Rise; temperate, circumglobal.


Carnivore - feeds mostly on mesopelagic crustaceans.


Named ingolfianus after the Danish ship "Ingolf".

Species Citation

Leptocephalus ingolfianus Schmidt 1912, Vidensk. Meddel. Dansk Naturhist. Foren. Kjøbenhavn 64: 49, pl.3 (fig.8). Type locality: Sargasso Sea and the Azores [32°03´N, 39°00´W].


Dianne J. Bray

Ingolf Duckbill Eel, Nessorhamphus ingolfianus (Schmidt 1912)


Karmovskaya, E.S. 1985. Mesopelagic eels of family Derichthyidae (Anguilliformes). Voprosy Ikhtiologii 25(6): 883-898.

Robins, C.H. & Robins, C.R. 1989. Family Derichthyidae. pp. 420-431 in Böhlke, E.B. (ed.). Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes. New Haven : The Sears Foundation of Marine Research, Yale University Pt 9 Vol. 1 655 pp.

Schmidt, J. 1912. Contributions to the biology of some north Atlantic species of eels. Videnskabelige Meddelelser fra Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening i Kjøbenhavn 64: 39-51 4 figs pl. 3

Smith, D.G. 1999. Families Colocongridae, Derichthyidae, Muraenesocidae, Nemichtyhyidae, Congridae, Nettastomatidae, Serrivomeridae, Cyematidae, Saccopharyngidae, Eurypharyngidae, Monognathidae. pp. 1670-1697 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) 1986. Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls.

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CAAB Code:37073002

Depth:0-1800 m


Max Size:60 cm TL

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