Echiophis punctifer (Kaup, 1859)
Stippled spoon-nose eel
Echiophis punctifer
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  180 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 40 - 100 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico (Florida to Texas in USA) to Cuba; northern South America (Ref. 5217). Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Angola (Ref. 4455).
Biology:  Burrows in sand or mud in shallow water of the continental shelf near bays and lagoons (Ref. 4455).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 July 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 22.01.14
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 22.01.14

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