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Ophichthus remiger (Valenciennes, 1842)
White-spotted snake-eel

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Ophichthus remiger
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Ophichthus remiger

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Main identification features
  • robust
  • ll: white spots
  • tail: 56-62 percent total length
  • pectoral elongate, pointed, black
Relatively robust; tail 56-62% of total length; tip hard and finless; head 14-15% of total length; dorsal fin origin before end of pectoral fin; pectorals elongate, pointed, ~25-33% of head length; rear nostril a tube above lip, ending in a flap, extending down but not reaching mouth; eye large, 9-11% of head length; teeth conical, 1 row on front of roof of mouth, 2 rows on sides of jaws.

Grey to brown above, paler below; lateral line with a row of small, well separated white spots from above pectoral onto tail; front membrane of gill opening dark; dorsal and anal fins dark; pectoral fin dark, particularly the top margin and inner surface; anal colorless; juveniles paler and with paler fins.

Size: 83 cm.

Habitat: sand bottoms.

Depth: 15-280 m.

Nicaragua to Chile, Malpelo.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo); South Temperate (Peruvian Province ).
Depth Range Max: 280 m.
Depth Range Min: 15 m.
Diet: octopus/squid/cuttlefish; bony fishes; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=13; Southern limit=-33; Western limit=-87; Eastern limit=-70; Latitudinal range=46; Longitudinal range=17.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: TEP non-endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Sand & gravel; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Soft bottom only; Mud.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 83 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily; Continent + Island (s); Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; Peruvian province, primarily; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Béarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • 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.
  • Hildebrand, S.F., 1946., A descriptive catalog of the shore fishes of Peru., Bull. U.S. Nat. Mus., 189:1-530.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., Béarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • McCosker , J.E. and Rosenblatt, R.H., 1998., A revision of the Eastern pacific snake-Eel genus Ophichthus (anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) With the Description of Six New Species., Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci., 50:397-432.
  • Rubio , R. E. A. and Estupiñan, F., 1990., Ictiofauna del Parque Nacional Natural Sanquianga, un Analisis de su Estructura y Perspectivas para su Manejo., Memorias del VII Seminario Nacional de las Ciencias y Tecnologías del Mar. Comisión Colombiana de Oceanografía. Bogota, Colombia., :660-670.
  • Rubio, E.A., 1988., Estudio taxonomico de la ictiofauna acompañante del camaron en areas costeras del Pacifico de Colombia., Memorias del VI Seminario Nacional de las Ciencias del Mar. Comisión Colombiana de Oceanografía. Bogota, Colombia., :169-183.
  • Valenciennes, A., 1842., Poissons [plates]. In: A. d'Orbigny. Voyage dans l'Amérique méridionale., Poissons Amér. Méridionale,.
  • Valenciennes, A., 1847., Poissons. Catalogue des principales espèces de poissons, rapportées de l'Amérique méridionale. In: A. d'Orbigny. Voyage dans l'Amérique méridionale., Poissons Amér. Méridionale, 5:1-11.


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Ophichthus remiger (Valenciennes , 1837)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Ophichthus: Greek, ophis = serpent + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335 )

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