Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Myrophinae
Etymology: Pseudomyrophis: Greek, pseudes = false + Greek,myros, -ou = the male of morey eel + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 320 - 755 m (Ref. 94547). Subtropical
Atlantic: off Angola, N Gulf of Mexico and Florida Atlantic.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 36.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94547)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Characterized by the following: uniformly gray with chin and throat slightly paler; median fins pale, turning darker about 2 head lengths before the tail end; head and lateral-line pores and anterior nostrils pale; vertebral formula 42/66/206. Measured lengths (cm): head 2.5 cm, trunk 10.7, tail 23.5, dorsal-fin origin 8.3, body depth behind gill openings 0.53, snout 0.45, upper jaw 0.71; interorbital width 0.28 (Ref. 94547).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
McCosker, J.E., 2006. Notes and comments on some eastern Atlantic snake eels (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4)57:736-738. (Ref. 94547)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 6.6 - 14.3, mean 9 °C (based on 106 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00076 (0.00029 - 0.00198), b=3.06 (2.83 - 3.29), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±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 (25 of 100) .