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Ophichthus brevirostris  McCosker & Ross, 2007

Snubnose 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);  brevirostris: Name from Latin 'brevis' meaning short and 'rostrum' for snout or muzzle; noun in apposition..   More on author: McCosker.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 370 - 440 m (Ref. 75745).   Subtropical

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Western Atlantic Ocean: North Carolina, USA.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.2 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This moderately elongate species is distinguished by the following: tail 58% and head 9.6% of total length; dorsal-fin origin is above the pectoral fins; elongated pectoral fins, filamentous dorsally; large eyes, the center behind middle of upper jaw; posterior nostril covered by a flap; head pores apparent, SO 1 + 4, IO 4 + 2, POM 6 + 2; teeth are small, conical, and slightly recurved, numerous and close-set; uniserial on vomer and mandible, biserial on maxillary, the inner row larger; pale color, overlain on mid-flank by a dark band; vertebral formula 13/60/153 (Ref. 75745)..

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Collection assumed to be over soft substrates, the tow was usually no farther than 300-400 m from known coral habitat. Captured during the trawl included species typical of slope habitat (14 species dominated by Laemonema barbatulum and Helicolenus dactylopterus) and invertebrates (Ref. 75745).

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

McCosker, J.E. and S.W. Ross, 2007. A new deepwater species of the snake eel genus Ophichthus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from North Carolina,. Copeia 2007(4):783-787. (Ref. 75745)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00151 (0.00061 - 0.00373), 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):  3.7   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .