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Ophichthus spinicauda  (Norman, 1922)

Antillean snake eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Ophichthus: Greek, ophis = serpent + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 300 m (Ref. 5217).   Deep-water, preferred ?

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Western Central Atlantic: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, and northern coast of Venezuela.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 107 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3795); common length : 70.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dark saddles on pale tan or gray background, with 145 vertebrae (Ref. 26938).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits coastal waters (Ref. 26340).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : McCosker, John | Collaborators

Böhlke, J.E., 1978. Ophichthidae. In W. Fischer (ed.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Central Atlantic (Fishing Area 31), Vol. 3, var. pag. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 3795)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial
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