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Opistognathus longinaris  Smith-Vaniz, 2010

Long nostril jawfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Opistognathidae (Jawfishes)
Etymology: Opistognathus: Greek, opisthe = behind + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335);  longinaris: The specific name is derived from a combination of the Latin longus (long) and naris (nostril) in reference to the length of the nasal tentacle.

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Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 65 - ? m (Ref. 85161).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Western Indian Ocean: known only from off kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85161)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 19; Vertebrae: 34. This species is characterized by the following set of characters: maxilla rigid without flexible lamina posteriorly; D X,20; tentacle on anterior nostril at least 4 times maximum diameter of posterior nostril; oral membrane between dentaries and ‘tongue’ dark brown (Ref. 85161).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Smith-Vaniz, W.F., 2010. New species of Indo-Pacific jawfishes (Opistognathus: Opistognathidae) from the Western Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Smithiana Bull. 12:39-54. (Ref. 85161)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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