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Species: Callechelys eristigma, Spotted ridgefin eel

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cream + large dark, spots
D: border - dark spots
tail < 1/3 TL

Callechelys eristigma McCosker & Rosenblatt, 1972

Spotted Ridgefin Eel

Moderately elongate; head and body compressed, 69-73 % of TL; body relatively slender < 30% of head length; head short, snout strongly pointed, a median groove on its underside extends to before nostrils, slightly overhanging mouth; anterior nostril tubular, rear nostril in lower lip under eye, opens outside when mouth is closed, covered by a flap; teeth small, pointed, in 1 row on jaws, present between top jaws and on roof of mouth; gill openings low on side, converging forwards; gill chamber an expanded pouch; tip of tail a hard finless point; pectorals absent; dorsal and anal fins present; dorsal high, begins on head at or just behind eye, and ends a little before tail tip; lateral line from head almost to tip of tail.

Head and body cream, with numerous dark spots of varying sizes on head and body, and extending onto dorsal fin; dorsal fin with row of dark spots along its margin.

Size: 113 cm.

Habitat: sand and rocky bottom.

Depth: 5-25 m.

SW Gulf of California; W Panama; Cocos Is.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 113
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 25