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CAAB: 37079001

Species Eurypharynx pelecanoides Vaillant, 1882

Pelican Eel

Compiler and date details

20 April 2011 - Dianne J. Bray, John R. Paxton & Jennifer E. Gates



New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Off Dampier, WA (18°08'S, 116°43'E), and Coral Sea, NE of Cairns, QLD (13°56'S, 148°13'E) to South Tasman Rise (45°14'S, 147°22'E) and west of Nelson Bay (41°08'S, 143°54'E), TAS, also Lord Howe Rise and Norfolk Ridge, Tasman Sea; tropical, temperate, circumglobal.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Lord Howe Province (14), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Norfolk Island Province (21), Northwest Transition (3)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Leptocephalus larva: pelagic.

Bathypelagic, marine, mesopelagic.

Extra Ecological Information

500–3000 m.


General References

Nielsen, J..G., Bertelsen, E. & Jespersen, A. 1989. The biology of Eurypharynx pelecanoides (Pisces, Eurypharyngidae). Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 70(3): 187-197 [187]

Nielsen, J.G. 2015. Families Saccopharyngidae, Eurypharyngidae. pp. 294-297 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576. [297]

Nielsen, J.G. & Bertelsen, E. 1990. Eurypharyngidae. 206 in Quéro, J.-C., Hureau, J.-C., Karrer, C., Post, A. & Saldanha, L. (eds). Check-list of the Fishes of the Eastern Tropical Atlantic. Paris : UNESCO 1492 pp., 3 vols.

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 pp. [109]

Paxton, J.R., J.E. Gates & D.F. Hoese 2006. Families Cyematidae, Eurypharyngidae and Saccopharyngidae. pp. 304-307 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [307]

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. [1695]

Smith, D.G. 2008. Family Eurypharyngidae. pp. 182 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [182]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Mar-2019 ELOPOMORPHA 15-Aug-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese (AM)
27-Sep-2011 ANGUILLIFORMES 27-Sep-2011 MOVED Dr Dianne Bray
27-Jul-2016 27-Sep-2011 MOVED
27-Jul-2016 20-May-2011 MODIFIED
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED