Ophichthus lentiginosus McCosker, 2010
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Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  62.8 cm TL (male/unsexed); 56.3 cm TL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range - 400 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: off Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 140-144. This stout species of Ophichthus, subgenus Coecilophis is distinguished by the following characters: tail 55-56% and head 10.6-12% of total length; origin of dorsal-fin behind pectoral-fin tips; non-elongated pectoral fins is shorter that the upper jaw; posterior nostril a hole in upper lip and is covered by a flap; minute head pores, SO 1+4, IO 1+4, POM 3+6; stout and conical teeth, not enlarged, uniserial on mandible and vomer, biserial on maxillary; uniform brown in color, pale ventrally, overlain throughout with minute dark punctuations, median fins pale; mean vertebral formula 16/55.5/142, total vertebrae 140-144 (Ref. 84366).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 16.06.10

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