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Nigel Merrett

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Nigel Robert Merrett (born 1940) is a British zoologist and ichthyologist and former director of the fish section of the British Natural History Museum.[1]

In 1998, Merrett participated in an expedition headed by Nikolas Vasilyevich Parin to collect deepwater specimens.[2]


In 1997, Merrett, along with R.L. Haedrich, wrote the book Deep-Sea Demersal Fish and Fisheries.[3] In the book, they warn against fishing in deep water.[1]

Taxon described by him

Taxon named in his honor

  • Merret's snailfish (Careproctus merretti), also called the snakehead snailfish[4] is named after him.
  • The eel Ilyophis nigeli. The species epithet "nigeli" was given in honour of Merrett, who was credited with making "substantial contributions" to the knowledge of the synaphobranchid eels.[5]

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  1. ^ a b staff (21 May 1998). "A survey of the sea: Going deep - Davy Jones's locker is the ultimate commons: vast, ownerless and largely unknown". The Economist. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  2. ^ Dunn, J. Richard; Pietsch, Theodore W (2005). "DANIEL MORRIS COHEN" (PDF). Copeia (3): 693–700. doi:10.1643/ot-04-325. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 March 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  3. ^ Merrett, NR; Haedrich, R (1997). Deep-Sea Demersal Fish and Fisheries. Chapman & Hall. ISBN 0-412-39410-3.
  4. ^ "Journal of Ichthyology". Scripta Publishing Company. 8 September 1989 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Ilyophis nigeli at
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