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Species: Myrichthys pantostigmius, Clarion snake-eel, Revillagigedos snake-eel

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throat spotted
D: black & white margin
pectoral: length < base width

Myrichthys pantostigmius Jordan & McGregor in Jordan & Evermann, 1898

Clarion snake-eel, Revillagigedos snake-eel

Body elongate, cylindrical, compressed at rear; tail 58-63% of TL; snout short, conical, grooved underneath; jaws short, top one overhanging; teeth blunt, molar- like or granular, in multiple rows, those at top front and roof of mouth the largest; lips without barbells; eye moderate to large; front nostril tubular, rear opens into mouth; gill openings at side, crescent shaped, inclined up and forwards; dorsal fin origin on head behind nape, before gill opening; pectoral fin broad based, short,  relatively small, much shorter than width of its base; tip of tail a blunt, hard, finless point; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Head and body tan, with numerous large dark blackish-brown spots all over head, throat, belly, and body, extending onto base of dorsal fin, spots smaller on head and throat; dorsal fin white margin; anal fin plain. In M. pantostigmius spots are smaller and less densely arranged than in M. tigrinus.

Size: 100 cm.

Habitat: rocks and sand.

Depth: 5-20 m.

The Revillagigedos and Clipperton.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Multiple oceanic islands endemic
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s) only
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 100
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 20