Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Ophichthus: Greek, ophis = serpent + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335); brevidorsalis: Name from Latin, ‘brevidorsalis’ meaning short dorsal fin, referring to its diagnostic character, origin of the dorsal-fin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 412 - 467 m (Ref. 121619). Subtropical
Western Pacific: New Caledonia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 39.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 121619)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 164. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: head 9.5% TL; tail 59.8% TL; pointed snout, 19.4% HL; large eye, 86.9% of snout length and 16.9% HL; dorsal-fin origin is well behind pectoral-fin tip by more than five times pectoral-fin length; teeth on jaws are biserial (single row posteriorly); anterior margin of anus no dark markings; SO 1+3; POM 6+2; predorsal vertebrae 43, preanal vertebrae 61, and total vertebrae 164 (Ref. 121619).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hibino, Y., Y.-C. Chiu, H.-M. Chen and K.-T. Shao, 2019. Two new species of the genus Ophichthus from the western central Pacific Ocean, with a redescription of Ophichthus megalops Asano, 1987 (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae). Zootaxa 4702(1):140-154. (Ref. 121619)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= No PD50 data [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
): 3.8 ±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 (21 of 100) .