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Author: (Ben-Tuvia, 1953)

Panturichthvs fowleri (Ben-Tuvia, 1953)

Diagnosis: body very elongate; trunk short, its length two-thirds of head length, its depth less than length of mouth. Eyes minute, nearer to the nctus than to tip of snout. Teeth conical on both jaws; maxillae with 2 or 3 rows, anteriorly, I posteriorly; dentary with 2 rows anteriorly, 3 rows posteriorly, except the posterior part of the inner row with granular teeth; 2 or 3 rows of granular teeth on median part of vomer, uniserial anteriorly and posteriorly. Gill openings latero-ventral, their anterior edge near midpoint between anus and rictus. Vertical fins prominent only at end of tail, visible only in living specimens; pectoral and pelvic fins absent. No lateral line. Vertebrae 154-166. Colour: mottled brown-black dorsally, cream-white ventrally (preserved specimens). Size: to 70 cm.

Habitat: benthic on the continental shelf on muddy bottoms at 30-60 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: eastern Mediterranean (coasts of Lebanon and Israel, Aegean Sea).

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Fowler's shortface eel (Panturichthys fowleri)