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Species: Ophichthus gomesii, Shrimp eel, Shrimp snake-eel

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Uniform color
D origin over rear 1/3 pectoral
tail 62-65% TL
center roof of mouth - teeth 2-3 rows

Ophichthus gomesii (Castelnau, 1855)

Shrimp snake-eel

Body cylindrical, stouter than tail; tail 62-65% of TL; eye large, over rear 1/3  of mouth; snout broad, overhanging; front nostril tubular, with convoluted edge; rear nostril opening partly into mouth, with an outer flap; mouth large; teeth conical, small, no fangs, roof of mouth with 2-3 irregular rows of teeth; top jaw with 2 rows of 23-27 teeth in small fish, many more that are in 3-4 rows at rear in larger ones, lower jaw with teeth similar to those on top jaw; dorsal fin origin over rear 1/3 of pectoral; pectoral fin long (37-45% of head length), pointed to rounded, with restricted base - opposite and above upper half of gill opening; tip of tail a blunt, finless point; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Variable: dark grey to blackish above, yellow to blackish below, sometimes a sharp break between dark and light; head dark; head pores inconspicuous or in dark dots; dorsal and anal pale at base, edges black.

Reaches 91.4 cm.

Habitat: On soft bottoms.

Depth range: 1-457 m, usually < 90 m.

N Carolina to Brazil.


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Salinity
  • Marine Only
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
Diet
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Continental primarily
  • All species
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
CITES
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 457
Length Max
  • 91.4