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Species Nemichthys scolopaceus Richardson, 1848

Slender Snipe Eel, Pale Snipe Eel, Snipe Eel



New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

South of Robe, SA (139°E) to north of Bathurst Island, NT (9°46'S, 130°00'E) and Coral Sea NE of Cairns, QLD (14°12'S, 148°41'E) to southern Tasman Sea, TAS (41°09'S, 152°15'E), also Lord Howe Rise and Norfolk Ridge, Tasman Sea; tropical, temperate, circumglobal.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Tasman Basin Province (13), Lord Howe Province (14), Central Eastern Transition (15), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Norfolk Island Province (21), Northwest Transition (3), Southwest Transition (7), Southern Province (8)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory

Ecological Descriptors

Bathypelagic, mesopelagic.

Extra Ecological Information

100-2000 m


General References

Flynn, A.J. & Pogonoski, J.J. 2012. Guide to Mesopelagic Fishes of the Southern Tasman Sea. Hobart, Australia : CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research i-v + 221 pp. [26]

Fricke, R., Kulbicki, M. & Wantiez, L. 2011. Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) Neue Serie 4: 341-463 [353]

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Checklist of the fishes of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 63: 9-50 [18]

Karmovskaya, E.S. 1990. Leptocephali of eels of the genus Nemichthys (Nemichthyidae, Osteichthys). Journal of Ichthyology 30(4): 28-42 [original in Voprosy ikhtiologii 30:(4): 551-563, in Russian] [30]

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [48] (345)

Paxton, J.R., Gates, J.E., Bray, D.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Nemichthyidae. pp. 284-286 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. [2856]

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. [135]

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. [1679]

Smith, D.G. 2008. Family Nemichthyidae. pp. 170-173 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [173]

Smith, D.G. & Nielsen, J.G. 1989. Family Nemichthyidae pp. 441–459 in Böhlke, E.B. (ed.) Orders Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes. Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Sears Found. Mar. Res., Yale Univ., Part 9. 1-6555 pp. [452]

Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) 1986. Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. [194]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [36] (342)


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 08-Aug-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese (AM)
24-Sep-2011 ANGUILLIFORMES 24-Sep-2011 MOVED Dr Dianne Bray
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED