Ophidion smithi (Fowler, 1934)
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Ophidiinae
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Red Sea to Natal (South Africa), Seychelles and northwestern coast of Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 98-98; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 95-95
Biology:  Uncommon species found in shallow coastal waters (Ref. 34024). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 August 2019 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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