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Callechelys cliffi B÷hlke and Briggs, 1954
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Callechelys cliffi
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Callechelys cliffi

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Callechelys cliffi
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Callechelys cliffi

Main identification features
  • body: cream, many small dark spots
  • d: large, white margin
  • tail ~1/2 total length
Tail tip a hard finless point; dorsal and anal fins present; dorsal fin relatively well developed, originating well forward on head, slightly behind level of rear corner of mouth; pectoral fins absent; head and body laterally compressed; anterior nostrils tubular; a median groove on underside of snout; gill openings low and lateral, converging forward; teeth of jaws small and pointed, in single rows; tail nearly equal to head and trunk.

Head creamy white, body yellowish, covered with numerous fine spots, not much larger than eye diameter; dorsal fin with a distinct white edge.

Size: to 46 cm.

Habitat: sandy and rocky bottoms.

Depth: 0-30 m.

The tip of Baja and central Mexico to Panama.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 30 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); bony fishes.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=27; Southern limit=8; Western limit=-112; Eastern limit=-79; Latitudinal range=19; Longitudinal range=33.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Sand & gravel; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef and soft bottom; Rocks.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 46 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • B÷hlke , J. and Briggs, J. C., 1954., Callechelys cliffi, a new Ophichthid eel from the Gulf of California., Stanford Ichthyol. Bull., 4:275-278.
  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versiˇn 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .á Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservaciˇn Internacional.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2., FAO3:1201-1813.
  • Lopez , M. I. and Bussing, W. A., 1982., Lista provisional de los peces marinos de la Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 30(1):5-26.
  • Love, M.S., Mecklenburg, C.W., Mecklenburg, T.A., Thorsteinson, L.K., 2005., es of the West Coast and Alaska: a checklist of North Pacific and Artic Ocena species from Baja California to the Alaska-Yukon border., U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, 288pp.
  • McCosker , J.E. and Rosenblatt, R.H., 1972., Eastern Pacific snake-eels of the genus Callechelys (Apodes: Ophichthidae)., Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History, 17:15-24.


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