Ophichthus rotundus Lee & Asano, 1997
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Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  79.3 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Korea.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 178-184. Head and trunk short, about 1.6-1.7 times in tail. Eyes small and covered with semitransparent membrane. Dorsal fin originates much behind the pectoral tip; dorsal and anal fins very low without any spots. Preoperculomandibular pores 5 + 2. Vertebrae 178-184 (Ref. 40862). Differs to O. aphotistos in having more vertebrae, 178-184 and 2 distinct papillae on the upper lip which is absent in aphotistos (Ref. 40865).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 08.04.02

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