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Species: Leuropharus lasiops, Acned snake-eel

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nape to snout: dense papillae
head pores raised
D: origin on head
tail tip hard, finless
snout overhanging, no groove underneath
gill openings underneath, oblique, converging
no pectorals

Leuropharus lasiops Rosenblatt & McCosker, 1970

Acned Snake Eel

Elongate, compressed; head, nape, snout and lower jaw densely covered with papillae; lateral line pores on head elevated; snout pointed, overhanging, underside with complex folds but without central groove; eye small; front nostril tubular; rear nostril a slit in top lip that opens in mouth; teeth small and pointed, hidden in folds of skin, single row on jaws, none on roof of mouth, which is covered in papillae; gill openings are oblique slits on underside of throat, converging forward; gill pouch slightly expanded; dorsal and anal fins present; tip of tail a hard, finless point; dorsal fin origin on nape; no pectoral fins.

Color in preservative brown, paler below, fins white.

Size: 18 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 55 m.

Jalisco ( Mexico).

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Mexican province endemic
  • Continent
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 18
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 55