Neonesthes capensis

Author: (Gilchrist and von Bonde, 1924)

Neonesthes capensis (Gilchrist and von Bonde, 1924)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Neonesthes capensis (Gilchrist and Von Bonde, 1924) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body not especially elongate; head with anterior end of snout appearing upturned; anterior gill bar with 39 or more long, closely spaced spines; teeth in jaws all small, closely spaced. Dorsal fin origin a short distance behind pelvic insertion, with 8-12 rays; anal fin long, with 22 or more rays. Colour: head and body iridescent black. Size: to about 170 mm SL.

Habitat, etc.: see family.

Distribution: Bay of Biscay. Elsewhere, across the Atlantic between about 23° and 35° N, uncommon in the tropical Atlantic, but fairly common again between 20° and 38° S; also Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. None known.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.