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

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  14.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 391 - 421 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: off Tonga.
Diagnosis:  This moderately elongate species of Ophichthus, subgenus Coecilophis is distinguished by the following characters: tail 56% and head 10% and depth at gill openings 3.5% of TL; origin of dorsal-fin above pectoral-fin tips; moderate, elongate and lanceolate pectoral fins; posterior nostril in upper lip; small head pores, SO 1+4, IO 4+2, PO 2, 6 mandibular pores; slender and pointed teeth, uniserial on vomer and mandible, biserial on maxillary; color brown dorsally, pale ventrally, head speckled, tail dark posteroventrally median fins pale; mean vertebral formula16/59/140 (Ref. 84366).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 06 December 2019 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Type locality, off Tonga, MNHN 2001-1061 (holotype of Ophichthus aniptocheilos, 14.2 cm TL, sex undet.) (Ref. 84366).


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