Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Ophichthus: Greek, ophis = serpent + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Temperate; 0°C -
Northwest Pacific: Korea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 79.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40862)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 178 - 184. Head and trunk short, about 1.6-1.7 times in tail. Eyes small and covered with semitransparent membrane. Dorsal fin originates much behind the pectoral tip; dorsal and anal fins very low without any spots. Preoperculomandibular pores 5 + 2. Vertebrae 178-184 (Ref. 40862). Differs to O. aphotistos in having more vertebrae, 178-184 and 2 distinct papillae on the upper lip which is absent in aphotistos (Ref. 40865).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lee, C.-L. and H. Asano, 1997. A new ophichthid eel, Ophichthus rotundus (Ophichthidae, Anguilliformes) from Korea. Korea J. Biol. Sci. 1:549-552. (Ref. 40862)
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 (44 of 100) .