Apterichtus jeffwilliamsi McCosker & Hibino, 2015
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Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  30.5 cm TL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 4 - 16 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Vanuatu.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 138-142. This species is distinguished by the following by the following characters: tail 1.7-1.8, head 13-16, and body depth 65-73 in total length; preopercular pores 4, supratemporal canal with 5-9 pores; teeth conical, uniserial on jaws and vomer; and with a single vomerine tooth; anterior nostril non-tubular, a hole; snout is sharp, slope approximately 30° relative to underside; body colouration pinkish white, with numerous brown to orange spots that are less than eye diameter; MVF 58-140, total vertebrae 138-142 (Ref. 101270).
Biology:  Captured over a rippled sand bottom. The largest female specimen (30.5 cm TL) was with ripened eggs, 0.7-0.9 mm in diameter (Ref. 101270).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.03.17

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