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Species: Hyphalophis devius, Flabby snake eel, Flabby snake-eel

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elongate (depth 3% TL)
tail 60% TL, tip hard & finless
eye over mid-mouth
D origin well behind pectorals
LL strongly arched on head
mouth terminal
teeth minute, conical, top jaw - 4 rows
pectorals large, narrow base

Hyphalophis devius McCosker & Bohlke, 1982

Flabby snake-eel

Body elongate (depth 3% of TL), cylindrical, compressed at rear; skin loose and flabby; tail 60% of TL; snout bluntly rounded; eye well developed, over center of mouth; front nostril a tube, rear nostril at edge of lip, covered by a flap; mouth opens at front;  lips without barbels; teeth minute, conical, 4 rows on top jaw, 1 row on vomer and lower jaw; gill openings a crescent; dorsal fin origin well behind pectorals; pectorals well developed, base restricted to opposite top half of gill opening; tip of tail a finless point; lateral line strongly arched at rear of head,  those on each side abutting but not joined across top.

Uniform pale

Reaches 29 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range 293-366 m

Known from a single specimen collected off Grenada.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • All species..
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • GC endemic
  • Antilles endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 29
Depth Range Min
  • 293
Depth Range Max
  • 366