Myrichthys breviceps (Richardson, 1848)
Sharptail eel
Myrichthys breviceps
photo by Patzner, R.

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  102 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 9 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Bermuda, southern Florida (USA), Bahamas, and Yucatan (Mexico) to the Antilles (Ref. 26340) and northern South America.
Diagnosis:  Light brown to grayish brown, darker above, with pale spots (Ref. 26938).
Biology:  Commonly encountered swimming near the bottom in clear water from harbors to reefs. More common along continent and in grassy areas (Ref. 7251). Found in shallow areas to depths of 9 m. Feeds mainly on crabs. (Ref. 26938).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 August 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Pablico, Grace Tolentino - 16.10.01
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 05.08.94

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