Paraletharchus pacificus (Osburn & Nichols, 1916)
Pacific sailfin eel
Paraletharchus pacificus
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  81 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 35 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Pacific: Gulf of California to Costa Rica.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 156-167. Body dark tan to dark brown; with spots anteriorly, coalescing along the posterior trunk and tail to become uniformly dark. Spotted head and dorsal fin. Tubular anterior nostril. Suborbital pores three. Anal fin present. (Ref. 27478).
Biology:  Inhabits sandy and rocky bottoms up to a depth of 35 m.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 23 May 2007 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 11.07.95

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