Eurypharynx pelecanoides

Alternate names: pelican gulper, umbrellamouth gulper

Author: Vaillant, 1882


Size: up to 80 cm in length.

General: This species has an elongate body with a luminous organ at the end of the tail and tiny eyes close to the snout. It has several rows of small teeth and large jaws. The species is black, sometimes with a white line or groove on either side of the dorsal fin. The Pelican Eel is the only species in the family Eurypharyngidae.

Geographic Information

Published depth range: 500 - 3000 m

Ocean range (global): Occurs in midwaters of tropical and temperate seas worldwide.

Additional Information


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National Center for Biotechnology Information

Smith, D.G. (1999). Eurypharyngidae. In: The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific: Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae), edited by K. E. Carpenter and V. H. Niem. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,Rome, Italy, 1398-2068.

Citation: Eurypharynx pelecanoides (Vaillant, 1882) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2021-05-06.
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