Teleostei (teleosts) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Myrichthys: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335); paleracio: Named for Peri Paleracio, an avid naturalist, diver, and fish collector; noun in apposition..
More on authors: McCosker & Allen.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 25 - 35 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 20°N - 5°N, 116°E - 128°E
Western Pacific: Philippines.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89079); 31.5 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 183. This species is distinguished by the following characters: depth 43 times and tail 1.8 in TL; minute pectoral fin, its length about twice in eye; total vertebra 183, mean vertebral formula 3/77.5/183; body overlain with 50-55 brown rings and saddles, separated by white interspaces
which are narrower than the darker rings (Ref. 89079).
Found in mixed rubble and sand and small coral formations. Encoundtered in the open, swimming slowly, apparently in search for prey, probably small fishes or crustaceans (Ref. 89079, 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
McCosker, J.E. and G.R. Allen, 2012. Description of a new snake eel (Pisces: Ophichthidae: Myrichthys) from the Philippines. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 18(1):35-40. (Ref. 89079)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5005 [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
): 3.5 ±0.4 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.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100).