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Species: Callechelys muraena, Blotched snake eel

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small dark spots (except cheeks, mouth, snout )
D (high) & A dark, pale edges
tail < 40% TL, tip hard & finless
no pectorals
gill openings underneath

Callechelys muraena Jordan & Evermann, 1887

Blotched snake eel

Moderately elongate; head and body compressed, 60-63% of TL; head short, snout strongly pointed, a median groove on its underside extends to front nostrils, slightly overhanging mouth; anterior nostril tubular, rear nostril in top lip under eye, opens outside when mouth is closed, covered by a flap; teeth small, pointed, in 1 row on jaws (7-11 above, 11-17 below), 4 between top jaws, 8-12 on roof of mouth; gill openings low on side, converging forwards; gill chamber an expanded pouch; dorsal and anal fins present; dorsal fin high, begins on head at or just behind eye, and ends a little before tail tip; tip of tail a hard finless point; pectorals absent; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Pale tan head and body, darker at rear; numerous brown eye-sized spots on body and head except cheeks, lower jaws and snout; dorsal and anal fins dark, with pale margins.

Reaches 60 cm.

Sandy bottoms.

Depth range: 27-115 m.

N Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • Continent only
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 60
Depth Range Min
  • 27
Depth Range Max
  • 115