Ophichthus humanni McCosker, 2010
photo by McCosker, J.E.

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  66.9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 254 - 300 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Off Vanuatu.
Diagnosis:  This elongated species of Ophichthus, subgenus Coecilophis is distinguished by the following characters: tail 54% and head 8.0% of TL; origin of dorsal-fin 3.5 pectoral-fin lengths behind head; rounded pectoral fins, not elongate; posterior nostril in upper lip, covered with a flap; minute head pores, SO 1+2, IO 4+2, POM 2+6, stout, pointed and not numerous teeth, irregularly biserial anteriorly on vomer and maxillary, mostly uniserial on mandible; color uniform tan, pale ventrally, fins pale; vertebral formula 19/70/168 (Ref. 84366).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 05 December 2019 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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