Apterichtus dunalailai McCosker & Hibino, 2015
photo by McCosker & Hibino, 2015

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  28.9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 291 - 450 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Vanuatu and Fiji.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 160-160. This elongate species is distinguished by the following characters: tail 1.8-2.0, head 16-17, and body depth 71 in total length; preopercular pores 3 and pores in supratemporal canal 5; teeth are conical, uniserial on jaws and vomer, with 2-3 vomerine teeth; colouration, when preserved body is mostly pale with a fine brown sparse speckling on body and tail; MVF 70-160, total vertebrae 160 (Ref. 101270).
Biology:  Specimens caught using a benthic dredge. One paratype with the tail missing is assumed to be approximately 33 cm TL by extrapolation (Ref. 101270).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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