Blackfin Sorcerer, Nettastoma melanurum Rafinesque 1810

A Blackfin Sorcerer, Nettastoma melanurum, off Lebanon, October 2016. Source: Oceana Europe, Deep-sea Lebanon Expedition, October 2016 / Flickr . License: CC by Attribution

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Blackfin Sorcerer, Nettastoma melanurum Rafinesque 1810

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Inhabits muddy bottoms mostly on the continental slope, burrowing into the sediment during the day, before emerging to feed at night. 


Considered a benthic scavenger and a sit-and-wait predator, feeding mostly on decapod curstaceans, siphonophores and pyrosomids.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Blackfin Sorcerer, Nettastoma melanurum Rafinesque 1810


Merrett, N.R. & Saldanha, L. 1985. Aspects of the morphology and ecology of some unusual deep-sea eels (Synaphobranchidae, Derichthyidae and Nettastomatidae) from the eastern North Atlantic. Journal of Fish Biology 27: 719-747.

Porcu, C., Follesa, M. C., Gastoni, A., Mulas, A., Pedoni, C. & Cau, A. 2013. The reproductive cycle of a deep-sea eel, Nettastoma melanurum (Nettastomatidae: Anguilliformes) from the south-eastern Sardinian Sea (central-western Mediterranean). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 93(4): 1105-1115.

Tighe, K. 2015. Nettastoma melanurum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T190431A1951675. Downloaded on 14 May 2017.

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CAAB Code:37065008

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Habitat:Bathydemersal, muddy bottoms

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