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Apterichtus hatookai  Hibino, Shibata & Kimura, 2014

Orange blotched eel
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Apterichtus: From the Greek ??????? (apteron), without fins, and ????? (ichtus, more correctly written ichthys; masculine), fish.;  hatookai: Named for Mr. Kiyotaka Hatooka, ichthyological curator of OMNH.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 4 - 7 m (Ref. 101270).   Subtropical, preferred ?

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Northwest Pacific: Japan and China (SE Fujian).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 53.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 101270)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species is distinguished by the following characters: head 5.1-6.1 % TL, 13.3-16.0 % of preanal length; tail 60.4-62.0 % TL; body depth at gill opening 0.9-1.5 % TL, 2.3-3.8 % of preanal length; the anterior tip of the lower jaw is below the center of the eye; supratemporal pores 7; preopercular pores 4; lateral-line pores before anus 54-58; preanal vertebrae 52-56, total 137-141; MVF 54-139 (Ref. 95408); teeth conical and uniserial on jaws and vomer (with a single vomerine tooth); body coloration is yellowish brown to dark brown with small black punctuations, pale brown blotches on head and breast; with fresh specimens have reddish brown blotches, slightly paler along mid-flanks, brilliant orange blotches on head and breast, some larger than eye (Ref. 101270).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in sandy bottoms (Ref. 95408).

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

McCosker, J.E. and Y. Hibino, 2015. A review of the finless snake eels of the genus Apterichtus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with the description of five new species. Zootaxa 3941(1):49-78. (Ref. 101270)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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