Ophichthus spinicauda (Norman, 1922)
Antillean snake eel
photo by FAO

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  107 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range - 300 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, and northern coast of Venezuela.
Diagnosis:  Dark saddles on pale tan or gray background, with 145 vertebrae (Ref. 26938).
Biology:  Inhabits coastal waters (Ref. 26340).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 August 2011 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 25.01.01

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