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Species: Myrichthys tigrinus, Spotted snake-eel, Tiger snake-eel

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throat spotted
D: pale margin
pectoral: length < base width

Myrichthys tigrinus Girard, 1859

Spotted snake-eel, Tiger 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 (its length less than the 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.

Yellowish to white with large black or dark grey oval spots in a giraffe pattern; chin and throat spotted; dorsal fin with pale (not white) margin.In M. tigrinus spots are larger and more densely arranged than in M. pantostigmius.

Size: attains 74 cm.

Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.

Depth: 5-60 m.

The Gulf of California to Peru.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Mangrove
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Mud
  • Rocks
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 74
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 60