Callechelys bilinearis Kanazawa, 1952
Twostripe snake eel
Callechelys bilinearis
photo by Sampaio, C.L.S.

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  170 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 0 - 22 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Bermuda, throughout the West Indies, from islands of Central and South America. Lesser Antilles (Ref. 26938). Southeast Atlantic: St. Helena and Ascension islands.
Diagnosis:  Large, TL 1.7 m, head and body longer than tail. Pale with 2 dark brown stripes on side and another on outer part of dorsal fin (Ref. 26938).
Biology:  A sand-dwelling eel. Inhabits open beaches and beaches semi-protected from open ocean (Ref. 5521). Reported to reach 172.4 cm TL (Ref. 27478). Minimum depth from Ref. 005288.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 August 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 15.02.96
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 22.06.16
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 17.09.99

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