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Species: Ophichthus menezesi, Blotchside snake eel

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slender; tail 58-62% TL
body: 1 row dark blotches =/> eye
D origin well behind pectorals
teeth small, conical

Ophichthus menezesi  McCosker & Bohlke, 1984

Blotchside snake eel

Body cylindrical, slender (height 2.4-3% TL); tail 58-62% of TL; snout conical; eye moderate, over rear 1/2 of mouth; front nostril a tube, rear nostril at edge of lip, entirely outside mouth, covered at front by a small flap; mouth large; teeth small, conical, similar size, roof of mouth with  1-3 pairs before one row of 9-14, between top jaws with chevron patch of 5-7 teeth, top jaw with 2 rows, 11-23 in outer row, 3-14 in inner row, lower jaw with 1 row of 19-25 close-set teeth; dorsal origin well behind pectorals, by a head length; pectoral fin 14-22% of head length, rounded; 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.

Pale grey; body with one row of 20-25 dark blotches that are =/> eye size along mid-side; fins colorless.

Reaches 28 cm.

On sand and rubble bottoms.

Depth range: 169-1400 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species..
  • Also in Brazil
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 28
Depth Range Min
  • 169
Depth Range Max
  • 1400