A ‘living fossil’ eel (Anguilliformes: Protanguillidae, fam. nov.) from an undersea cave in Palau

@article{Johnson2011AF,
  title={A ‘living fossil’ eel (Anguilliformes: Protanguillidae, fam. nov.) from an undersea cave in Palau},
  author={G David Johnson and Hitoshi Ida and Jiro Sakaue and Tetsuya Sado and Takashi Asahida and Masaki Miya},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={279},
  pages={934 - 943}
}
  • G. Johnson, H. Ida, M. Miya
  • Published 17 August 2011
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
We report the discovery of an enigmatic, small eel-like fish from a 35 m-deep fringing-reef cave in the western Pacific Ocean Republic of Palau that exhibits an unusual suite of morphological characters. Many of these uniquely characterize the Recent members of the 19 families comprising the elopomorph order Anguilliformes, the true eels. Others are found among anguilliforms only in the Cretaceous fossils, and still others are primitive with respect to both Recent and fossil eels. Thus… 

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