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Species: Ophichthus hyposagmatus, Faint-saddled snake eel, Faintsaddled snake eel

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body - 16 faint saddles
D edge dark
D origin ~at pectoral tip
tail 53-57% TL
center roof mouth - 1 row teeth

Ophichthus hyposagmatus McCosker & Böhlke, 1984

Faintsaddled snake eel

Body cylindrical, stouter than tail; tail 53-57% of TL; front of head conical, flat between eyes; snout overhanging; eye large and bulbous, its rear edge over corner of mouth; front nostril tubular, narrow; rear nostril at edge of and entirely outside mouth, with a small flap at front; mouth large; teeth conical, small, roof of mouth with 1 pair then 1 row of 12-18 teeth; jaws with 2 rows of teeth; top jaw with 2 rows of 24-36 and 18-26 teeth, lower jaw with 25-32 close set outer teeth, and an inner row of 4 at front then 4-10 well to rear; dorsal origin from just before to just after  tip of pectoral; pectoral fin 25-31% of head length, pointed, 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.

Preserved fish: yellow to tan; a tan triangle between and behind eyes;  snout tip brown; 16 faint tan saddles on body, from just before gill opening back; dorsal fin edge dark.

Reaches 38.5 cm.

On soft bottoms.

Depth range: 88-293 m.

Gulf of Mexico to Colombia.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 293
Depth Range Min
  • 88
Length Max
  • 38.5