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

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  30.1 cm TL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 35 - 64 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Marquesas Islands, Polynesia.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 146-153. This species is distinguished by the following characters: elongated with tail 2.2-2.4, head 17-18, and body depth 58-69 in total length; the snout is moderately pointed in lateral view, dorsal profile ca. 45-50° above lower jaw; preopercular pores 3, supratemporal canal with 3 pores; teeth conical, uniserial on jaws and vomer (5-6 vomerine teeth); colouration, body mostly pale in preservative, with fine brown speckling on the dorsal surface of body and tail; MVF 75-148, total vertebrae 146-153 (Ref. 101270).
Biology:  Found over sand with associated rock and coral reef bottoms; captured using ichthyocides and dredges. The largest female specimen (30.1 cm TL) with eggs - 0.6-0.9 mm in diameter (Ref. 101270).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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