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Species: Myrichthys breviceps, Sharptail eel

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dark + round pale spots
molar teeth
pectoral: wide base

Myrichthys breviceps (Richardson, 1848)

Sharptail eel

Body elongate, cylindrical, compressed at rear; tail 58-63% of TL; snout conical, blunt, short, grooved underneath; jaws short, top one overhanging; teeth blunt, molar- like or granular, in multiple rows on jaws and roof of mouth; those at front of mouth joining those on roof; lips without barbells; eye moderate to large; gill openings at side, crescent shaped, vertical; front nostril tubular, rear opens into mouth; dorsal fin origin on head behind nape, before gill opening; pectoral fin broad based, small and short; tip of tail a blunt, hard, finless point; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Large round pale spots (often with yellow centers) on a dark brown or green background; head with small yellow spots on dark background.

Reaches 102 cm.

Found on shallow grass beds and sand and coral rubble bottoms.

Depth range: 0-123 m.

Bermuda to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends South of GC
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 102
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 123