Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Callechelys: Greek, kalos, kallos = beautiful + Greek, enchelys, -yos = eel (Ref. 45335); bilinearis: Name from Latin 'bilinearis' meaning two-lined, referring to the stripes along the body; an adjective (Ref. 54133)
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range - 22 m (Ref. 27478), usually 1 - 5 m (Ref. 5288). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Atlantic: Bermuda, throughout the West Indies, from islands of Central and South America. Lesser Antilles (Ref. 26938). Southeast Atlantic: St. Helena and Ascension islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 170 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26938)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Large, TL 1.7 m, head and body longer than tail. Pale with 2 dark brown stripes on side and another on outer part of dorsal fin (Ref. 26938).
A sand-dwelling eel. Inhabits open beaches and beaches semi-protected from open ocean (Ref. 5521). Reported to reach 172.4 cm TL (Ref. 27478). Minimum depth from Ref. 005288.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Böhlke, J.E. and C.C.G. Chaplin, 1993. Fishes of the Bahamas and adjacent tropical waters. 2nd edition. University of Texas Press, Austin. (Ref. 5521)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.7 - 28.1, mean 27.4 °C (based on 710 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00129 (0.00054 - 0.00308), b=2.92 (2.72 - 3.12), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (67 of 100) .