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Species: Gordiichthys randalli, Rope eel

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v elongate
front nostril non-tubular, in groove
dark above, pale below
tail < 1/2 TL, tip fleshy, blunt
front roof mouth - 2 rows teeth
no pectorals
gill opening low

Gordiichthys randalli McCosker & Böhlke, 1984

Rope eel

Body moderately elongate (depth 1.3-1.6% of TL), cylindrical; anus shortly behind mid-length; tail with a blunt tip; snout pointed, overhanging; underside of snout flat, with a central groove that exposes 3 protruding teeth, shortly behind those are 2-3 irregular pairs of teeth, then 3-4 teeth in 1 row on roof of mouth; jaws short, lower jaw not reaching front nostril; lips without barbels; teeth small, conical, in single series on jaws (7-8 on top jaws; 10-12 on bottom jaws, front teeth largest); front nostril not tubular, partly set off by a groove under snout; rear nostril a minute vertical slit at level of eye opening into mouth; eye small; gill opening crescentic, low on side; dorsal fin origin on head; median fins low, extending nearly to finless tail tip; no pectorals; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head, 161-166 pores.

Brown above midline, yellowish-white below, lateral line in a pale stripe; head blotched; ridges at rear of head are brown, grooves are yellow; belly pink.

Reaches 67 cm.

Lives in sand and algal beds.

Depth range: 7-12 m.

Gulf of Mexico to Colombia.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Island (s)
  • Antilles endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 67
Depth Range Min
  • 7
Depth Range Max
  • 12