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Table 4 Meristic data of four 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. microtretus N. parvipectoralis N. pelagica sp. nov. N. similis sp. nov.
Holotype n = 41 Holotype Types (n = 3) Holotype Types (n = 4)
Total vertebrae 151 138-148 169 169 261 260-265
Predorsal vertebrae 24 18-23 31 31-34 32 32-36
Preanal vertebrae 56 53-57 53 52-54 68 68-70
Prepectoral pores - 12-14 14 14 16 15 or 16
Predorsal pores - 19-24 36 36 or 37 36 35-37
Preanal pores - 53-59 57 56 or 57 71 70 or 71
Infraorbital pores 5 + 1 5 + 1 5 + 1 5 + 1 5 + 1 5 + 1
Supraorbital pores 1 + 4 1 + 4 1 + 4 1 + 4 1 + 4 1 + 4
Mandibular pores 5 6 or 7 (mainly 6) 7 7 7 7
Preopercular pores 2 1 or 2 (mainly 1) 2 2 2 2
Supratemporal pores 3 3 3 3 3 3
Frontal pore 1 1 1 1 1 1