Myrichthys colubrinus, Harlequin snake eel

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Myrichthys colubrinus (Boddaert, 1781)

Harlequin snake eel
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> Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Myrichthys: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecologie

; marien rifbewoner; diepteverspreiding 0 - 35 m (Ref. 89972).   Tropical; 30°N - 30°S

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Indo-Pacific: Red Sea south to Delagoa Bay, Mozambique and east to the Society Islands, French Polynesia. Often confused with Laticuda colubrina (Ref. 9710).

Size / Gewicht / Leeftijd

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 97.0 cm TL mannelijk/geslacht niet bekend; (Ref. 37816)

Korte beschrijving Morfologie | Morfometrie

Wervels: 190 - 202. Broadly banded with black and white, sometimes with blotches, but may comprise additional species (Ref. 48635). Superficially resembles the venomous sea snake Laticauda colubrina, but is entirely harmless.

Biologie     Verklarende woordenlijst (b.v. epibenthic)

Adults occur in shallow sandy flats and seagrass beds (Ref. 1602, 48635, 58302). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Feeds on small fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 89972). Commonly seen hunting during the day (Ref. 48635).

Life cycle and mating behavior Geslachtsrijpheid | Voortplanting | Kuitschieten | Eieren | Fecundity | Larven

Voornaamste referentie Upload your references | Referenties | Coördinator : McCosker, John | Medewerkers

McCosker, J.E. and P.H.J. Castle, 1986. Ophichthidae. p. 176-186. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 3972)

Status op de Rode Lijst van het IUCN (Ref. 123251)


CITES (Ref. 123416)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Gevaarlijk voor mensen

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 25 - 29.3, mean 28.3 °C (based on 3362 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00126 (0.00052 - 0.00302), b=2.91 (2.70 - 3.12), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Weerstandsvermogen (Ref. 120179):  Gemiddeld, minimale populatieverdubbelingstijd 1,4-4,4 jaar (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Kwetsbaarheid (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (45 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155):  Calcium = 38.5 [22.3, 63.7] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.478 [0.305, 0.756] mg/100g ; Protein = 19.7 [17.5, 22.0] % ; Omega3 = 0.115 [0.055, 0.298] g/100g ; Selenium = 55.3 [31.8, 101.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 34.4 [10.1, 108.1] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.979 [0.688, 1.344] mg/100g (wet weight);