Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Myrophinae
Etymology: Scolecenchelys: Greek, skolex = worm (1855) + Greek, enchlys, -yos = eel (Ref. 45335); brevicaudata: Named for its tail length which is relatively shorter than that of its congeners.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range - 246 m (Ref. 104540), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Pacific: the Philippines.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 31.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 104540)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 144. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: head 9.9 % TL; tail 51 % TL; body depth 2.2 % TL; mouth gape 22 % HL; dorsal outline of post eye is convex; teeth on jaws and vomer uniserial; the horizontal distance between dorsal-fin origin and a vertical through mid-anus is 67 % HL; predorsal vertebrae 71, preanal 63, total 144 (Ref. 104540).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hibino, Y. and S. Kimura, 2015. Revision of the Scolecenchelys gymnota species group with descriptions of two new species (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae: Myrophinae). Ichthyol Res (Ref. 104540)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (23 of 100) .