Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Ophichthus: Greek, ophis = serpent + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335); cylindroideus: Name from Greek: 'cylindros' for cylinder and 'oides' for like, referring to its body shape; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 24 - 46 m (Ref. 54133). Tropical
Western Atlantic: Cuba to Brazil.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 93.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54133); common length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217)
Found on soft bottoms of shelf waters (Ref. 5217). Largest specimen examined was 93.3 cm TL, a 100 cm TL specimen was reported (Ref. 54133).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Smith, C.L., 1997. National Audubon Society field guide to tropical marine fishes of the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York. 720 p. (Ref. 26938)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 22.4 - 27.6, mean 25.7 °C (based on 63 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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
): 4.0 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (43 of 100) .