Ophichthus kunaloa McCosker, 1979
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Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  47.3 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 220 - 475 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaiian Islands.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 180-185. This moderately elongate species of Ophichthus, subgenus Coecilophis is distinguished by the following characters: tail 59-60%, head 9.6-10.1% of total length and body depth at gill opening 3.2-3.7% of TL; origin of dorsal-fin above mid pectoral fin; elongate pectoral fin, non-filamentous; posterior margin or orbit in advance of rictus; posterior nostril a hole above upper lip is covered by a flap; no lip barbels; small but conspicuous head pores, SO 1+4, IO 4+2, POM 2+5; small, conical teeth, biserial on anterior vomer and jaws; uniform gray brown in color, lighter ventrally, fins pale except anal which has a dark patch at posterior base; mean vertebral formula 15/66/182, total vertebrae 180-185 (Ref. 84366).
Biology:  Benthic on fine sand or hard substrata with crevices (Ref. 58302).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 02.09.99
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 18.06.10

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