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Notacanthus bonaparte

(Bonapart´s Spiny Eel)


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Common Names

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Common Names in Catalan:

Serp espinosa

Common Names in Catalan, Valencian:

Serp espinosa

Common Names in Croatian:


Common Names in Czech:

Ostnohřbetec bonapartův

Common Names in Danish:

Bonapartes Pig, Bonapartes pigål

Common Names in English:

Bonapart´s Spiny Eel, Bonapart's spiny eel, Shortfin spiny eel

Common Names in German:

Bonaparts Dornaal

Common Names in Icelandic:

Sm, Smábroddabakur

Common Names in Italian:


Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

波氏背棘魚, 波氏背棘鱼

Common Names in Spanish:

Anguila de Bonaparte

Common Names in Spanish, Castilian:

Anguila de Bonaparte


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Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -4,485 meters (0 to -14,715 feet).[1]

Biome: Marine .


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Feeds on sessile and motile invertebrates such as bryozoans , ophiuroids, amphipods and sponges.


Spawns in June-July in the Mediterranean. Sexually dimorphic , males generally smaller and with enlarged nasal rosettes [2].


Hovers and swims along at slight head-down angle . Often caught in large numbers and possibly gregarious .


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Notacanthus bonaparteiNotacanthus bonapartei Risso • Notacanthus bonapartei Risso, 1840 • Notacanthus mediterraneus De Filippi & Verany


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 24-Aug-1994

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Notacanthus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 6 species and subspecies in this genus:

N. bonaparte (Bonapart´s Spiny Eel) · N. challengeri (Longnose Tapirfish) · N. chemnitz (Spiny Eel) · N. chemnitzi (Largescale Tapirfish) · N. chemnitzii (Cosmopolitan Spineback) · N. sexspinis (Southern Spineback)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal December 20, 2007:



  1. Mean = -1,132.970 meters (-3,717.093 feet), Standard Deviation = 936.750 based on 197 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  2. Sulak, K.J. (1990). Notacanthidae. p. 133-135. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. [back]
Last Revised: 2014-11-20