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Species: Ophichthus omorgmus, Dot-line snake eel

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slender, tail 55% TL
LL pores in dark spots; D edge & upper pectoral: black
D origin immediately behind pectorals
teeth small, conical

Ophichthus omorgmus  McCosker & Bohlke, 1984

Dot-line snake eel

Body cylindrical, slender (height 3.1 % TL); tail 55% of TL; snout conical; eye large, its rear edge over rear corner 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  a pair at front of single row of 14, between top jaws with a chevron patch of 4; top & bottom jaws with 2 rows, 20-21 in each row;  dorsal origin immediately behind pectorals; pectoral fin moderately elongate, 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, darker above, top of head noticeably darker; front nostrils, head pores and lateral line pores in conspicuous black spots; fins colorless, edge of dorsal and upper edge of pectoral black.

Reaches 45.3 cm.

On soft bottoms.

Depth range: 183-271 m.

The Gulf of Mexico and southeast US

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • 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
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Continent only
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 45.3
Depth Range Min
  • 183
Depth Range Max
  • 271