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Ophichthus bicolor  McCosker & Ho, 2015

Bicolored snake eel
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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);  bicolor: Name from Latin, referring to its sharply contrasting coloration; noun in apposition.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 200 - 400 m (Ref. 106143).   Subtropical

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Northwest Pacific: Taiwan.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 92.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 106143)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 155 - 163. This moderately elongate species is distinguished by the following characters: tail 53-58%, head 8.6-10.8%, and body depth at gill opening 2.5-3.4% of total length; dorsal-fin origin is behind the gill opening by 2.0-2.5 pectoral-fin lengths; pectoral fin pointed, not elongate; the posterior nostril is a hole above the upper lip, covered by a flap that extends slightly below the edge of the mouth; upper lip without barbels; pores are small but conspicuous, SO 1+4, IO 4+2, POM 6+2; teeth are large and conical, biserial anteriorly on vomer and maxillary, uniserial on mandible; body yellowish-tan, strongly contrasting with white throat and belly, the fins pale; total vertebrae 155-163, mean vertebral formula 18-64-158 (Ref. 106143).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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McCosker, J.E. and H.-C. Ho, 2015. New species of the snake eels Echelus and Ophichthus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from Taiwan. Zootaxa 4060(1):71-85. (Ref. 106143)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.0   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (48 of 100) .