Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Ophichthus: Greek, ophis = serpent + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: McCosker.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 254 - 300 m (Ref. 84366), usually - m (Ref. ). Deep-water; 0°C -
Western Pacific: Off Vanuatu.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 66.9 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84366)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This elongated species of Ophichthus, subgenus Coecilophis is distinguished by the following characters: tail 54% and head 8.0% of TL; origin of dorsal-fin 3.5 pectoral-fin lengths behind head; rounded pectoral fins, not elongate; posterior nostril in upper lip, covered with a flap; minute head pores, SO 1+2, IO 4+2, POM 2+6, stout, pointed and not numerous teeth, irregularly biserial anteriorly on vomer and maxillary, mostly uniserial on mandible; color uniform tan, pale ventrally, fins pale; vertebral formula 19/70/168 (Ref. 84366).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
McCosker, J.E., 2010. Deepwater Indo-Pacific species of the snake-eel genus Ophichthus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with the description of nine new species. Zootaxa 2505:1-39. (Ref. 84366)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
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
): 4.0 ±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 (39 of 100) .