Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Myrichthys: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335). More on authors: McCosker & Allen.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 25 - 35 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical; 20°N - 5°N, 116°E - 128°E
Western Pacific: Philippines. Described from two specimens collected in shallow-water coral reefs from the Verde Passage, southern Luzon Island, Philippines (Ref. 89079).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89079)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 183. Differs from all known Myrichthys in its vivid brown-and-white coloration, its body elongation (body depth 43 times in total length) and its mean vertebral formula (3/77.5/183) (Ref. 89079).
Found in mixed rubble and sand bottoms in about 25-35 m (Ref 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
McCosker, J.E. and G.R. Allen, 2012. Description of a new snake eel (Pisces: Ophichthidae: Myrichthys) from the Philippines. aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol. 18(1):35-40. (Ref. 89079)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00126 (0.00052 - 0.00302), 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
): 3.5 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .