Brachysomophis atlanticus Blache & Saldanha, 1972
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  27.3 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: off Senegal and Gulf of Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 114-117. A slender species with tail 48-50% and head 13-15% of TL; dorsal fin arising above gill openings; pectoral fins slender, not elongate, about 6.2-6.5 times in HL; snout short, about 3.6 in jaw; jaws elongate, about 2.6 in head; nostrils in short tubes in upper lip and closely associated; labial fringe present but poorly developed on both jaws; center of eye behind anterior 1/3 of jaw; interorbital space and top of head flat; head pores apparent; free sensory neuromasts not visible on nape; teeth conical, largest in ethmoidal region of intermaxilla, followed by 6 linear vomerine teeth; maxillary teeth biserial, teeth of inner row larger but the row shorter in length; mandibular teeth uniserial and small, largest anteriorly (Ref. 42180).
Biology:  Burrows in sand and mud on the continental shelf (Ref. 4455).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 14 March 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 06.03.94
Modified by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 01.07.02
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 23.08.94

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