Pythonichthys sanguineus Poey, 1868
Pythonichthys sanguineus
photo by JAMARC

Family:  Heterenchelyidae (Mud eels)
Max. size:  41.9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 37 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: off Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Suriname.
Diagnosis:  Body nearly cylindrical; anus situated forward of mid-body; eye extremely small, embedded, merely a tiny dot, equidistant between tip of snout and corner of mouth; anterior nostril near tip of snout, posterior nostril immediately in front of eye (Ref. 13608).
Biology:  A benthic species found on reefs or rocky areas (Ref. 26340).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 August 2011 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 18.11.97

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