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Callechelys galapagensis McCosker and Rosenblatt, 1972
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Callechelys galapagensis
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Callechelys galapagensis

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Main identification features
  • cream/brown + oblong dark blotches
  • d: large, spotted
  • tail 1/2 total length
Head and body compressed; body relatively deep, 36-59% of head length; snout pointed, a median groove on its underside, slightly overhanging mouth; pectorals absent; dorsal and anal fins present; dorsal large, begins on head at or just behind eye, and ends a little before tail tip; anterior nostril tubular; teeth small, pointed, in 1 row on jaws; gill openings low on side, converging forwards; gill chamber an expanded pouch; lateral line from head almost to tip of tail; tail almost = to head and body, 42-45% of total length; tip of tail a hard finless point.

Body cream to brown, with numerous oblong dark spots of varying sizes on head and body, most dense on head, extending onto dorsal and anal fins.

Size: 82 cm.

Habitat: sand, rock and coral bottom.

Depth: 0-10 m.

The Galapagos.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 10 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: bony fishes; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=2; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-90; Latitudinal range=4; Longitudinal range=3.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Corals; Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Sand & gravel; Rocks; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef and soft bottom.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 82 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s) only; Island (s); TEP endemic; TEP oceanic island (s) endemic; Galapagos Islands endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • 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.
  • McCosker , J.E. and Rosenblatt, R.H., 1985., The inshore fish fauna of the Galápagos Islands. In Key Environments-Galápagos, ed. R. Perry., Pergamon Press:133-144.
  • McCosker, J.E., 1987., The fishes of the Galapagos Islands., Oceanus, 30:28-32.


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