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Species: Pseudomyrophis fugesae, Diminutive worm eel

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head 9.5-9.7% TL
body depth 2.1-2.4% TL
D origin ~mid-trunk
pectoral tiny

Pseudomyrophis fugesae McCosker, Böhlke & Böhlke, 1989

Diminutive worm eel

Moderately elongate (body depth 2.1-2.4% of TL), compressed; head and trunk 35-39% of TL; head 9.5-9.7% of TL; eye just before end of mouth; snout blunt, swollen, rough, overhanging, without groove on underside; lips without barbels, front nostril tubular, rear one an elongate slit before lower edge of eye, may be hidden by a fold of flesh; teeth small, conical, sharp, a patch or ring of 6-7 teeth at front top, those followed by 6-7 teeth in 2 staggered rows, then 1 row of 5-8 front of roof of mouth; 1 row of teeth on jaws, 13-16 teeth on top jaw, 24-27 on lower, plus 2 larger inner teeth at lower front; gill opening small, on underside; dorsal fin origin about mid-trunk; pectoral fin tiny (< eye), at top of gill opening; dorsal and anal fins confluent with tail; tail flexible, tail fin not obvious; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Preserved fish uniform brown, with small speckles and spots.

Reaches 9.5 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 56-119 m.

Florida to the mouth of the Amazon river.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent only
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9.5
Depth Range Min
  • 56
Depth Range Max
  • 119