Leptocephalus giganteus Castle, 1959

Carneiro, Miguel, Martins, Rogélia, Landi, Monica & Costa, Filipe O., 2014, Updated checklist of marine fishes (Chordata: Craniata) from Portugal and the proposed extension of the Portuguese continental shelf, European Journal of Taxonomy 73, pp. 1-73: 17

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Leptocephalus giganteus Castle, 1959


Leptocephalus giganteus Castle, 1959  

– No common name; ①③

According to Froese & Pauly (2012), Coloconger giganteus (Castle, 1959)   is a senior synonym of L. giganteus   . The WoRMS Editorial Board (2013) indicates C. giganteus   as an accepted species.

The presence of C. giganteus   is reported in the Madeiran EEZ (40 NM south of Madeira Is.), BMNH 1994.11.1.3922, 17.0º W, 32.0º N, GoogleMaps   and off mainland Portugal EEZ (16 NM NE of the Carlos Ribeiro Gap), BMNH. 1994.11.1.3931, 10.0º W, 32.0º N.  

According to Smith (1989), L. giganteus   is probably the larva of a Notacanthus   species. Moser & Charter (1996) indicated it as a larva of Notacanthus chemitzii Bloch, 1788   . According to Eschmeyer (2013), L. giganteus   is uncertain in the family Notacanthidae   . This record should be considered provisional and confirmation is still needed.