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Species: Mixomyrophis pusillipinna, Mosaic worm-eel

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body 2.2% TL; tail 63% TL
front nostril tubular; eye small
snout conical, overhanging, not grooved
D origin mid-body
tail tip flexible; C visible, joins D&A
rear nostril before eye, in top lip, with flap
teeth small, conical, single rows
pectoral minute, visible

Mixomyrophis pusillipinna  McCosker, 1985

Mosaic worm-eel

Body moderately elongate (depth 2.2% TL), compressed; tail 63% TL, tip flexible; head 9% TL; eye large (8% of head), over rear ½ of mouth; snout 22% of head, ~conical, broad from above, not grooved below, slightly overhanging; front nostril tubular, rear nostril on outer edge of lip, covered by a flap;  lips without barbels; teeth small, conical, similar size, close set, in a single row on both jaws and vomer;  a patch of 11 teeth between top jaws join row of 22 on vomer; top jaw with row of 24-30, lower jaw with row of 34, plus 1-2 inner teeth inside junction of the jaws; gill opening a small crescent on mid-side; dorsal fin origin at mid-trunk; dorsal, anal and tail fins relatively high, tail fin confluent with dorsal and anal fins, rays visible; pectoral fin minute (2.7% of head length), but visible.

Preserved fish: yellowish, peppered with dark dots; throat and belly white.

Reaches 41 cm

Lives on soft bottoms

Depth range 393-451 m

Known from a single fish caught off Anguilla.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 393
Depth Range Max
  • 451
Length Max
  • 41