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Table 2 Meristic data of five Neenchelys species treated in present study

From: Revision of the worm eel genus Neenchelys (Ophichthidae: Myrophinae), with descriptions of three new species from the western Pacific Ocean

  N. buitendijki N. cheni N. daedalus N. diaphora sp. nov. N. mccoskeri
n = 7 Lectotype n = 17 n = 2 Holotype Types (n = 3) n = 36
Total vertebrae 135-140 181 180-183 225-235 186 177-186 172-184
Predorsal vertebrae 18-20 58 56-60 31 34 34 or 35 34-41
Preanal vertebrae 49-51 55 52-58 58 or 59 54 54 or 55 62-67
Prepectoral pores 13 or 14 11 10-12 14 15 13-15 9-11
Predorsal pores 20-22 58 57-64 - 36 35-38 37-44
Preanal pores 51-54 55 52-67 - 56 56-59 62-69
Infraorbital pores 5 + 1 6 5 + 1 or 2 (mainly 6) 5 + 1 5 + 1 5 + 1 5 + 1
Supraorbital pores 1 + 4 5 1 + 4 or 5 (mainly 5) 1 + 4 1 + 4 1 + 4 1 + 4
Mandibular pores 7 5 5 or 6 (mainly 5) 5 6 6 7
Preopercular pores 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Supratemporal pores 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Frontal pore 1 1 1 1 1 1 1