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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae Snake eels
Subfamily: Myrophinae
Genus: Scolecenchelys

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Scolecenchelys acutirostris Sharpnose worm eel Western Pacific 10 TL 1916
Scolecenchelys aoki Misaki worm eel Northwest Pacific 46 TL 1901
Scolecenchelys australis Shortfinned worm eel Southwest Pacific 40 TL 1881
Scolecenchelys brevicaudata Short tail worm eel Western Pacific 31.4 TL 2015
Scolecenchelys breviceps Short-headed worm eel Eastern Indian Ocean 60 TL 1876
Scolecenchelys castlei Deepwater big-eyed worm eel Southwest Pacific 58 TL 2006
Scolecenchelys chilensis Chilean worm eel Southeast Pacific 28.4 SL 1970
Scolecenchelys cookei Eastern Central Pacific 15.5 TL 1928
Scolecenchelys fuscogularis Dark throat worm eel Northwestern Pacific 26.5 TL 2013
Scolecenchelys godeffroyi Godeffroy Western Pacific. 1909
Scolecenchelys gymnota Indo-Pacific slender worm-eel Indo-Pacific 38 TL 1857
Scolecenchelys iredalei Coral worm eel Indo-Pacific 20 TL 1927
Scolecenchelys laticaudata Redfin worm-eel Indo-Pacific 35 TL 1897
Scolecenchelys macroptera Narrow worm eel Indo-Pacific 25 TL 1857
Scolecenchelys nicholsae Nichols' worm eel Southwest Pacific 1904
Scolecenchelys profundorum Deepwater worm eel Southeast Pacific 33.4 TL 1995
Scolecenchelys puhioilo Eastern Central Pacific 1979
Scolecenchelys robusta Robust worm eel Western Indian Ocean 29 TL 2015
Scolecenchelys vermiformis Western Indian Ocean 1866
Scolecenchelys xorae Orangehead worm-eel Western Indian Ocean 25 TL 1958

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