Species: Myrichthys tigrinus, Spotted snake-eel, Tiger snake-eel
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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- Inshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Sand & gravel
- Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
- Reef and soft bottom
- FishBase Habitat
- Reef Associated
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Mobile benthic worms
- Bony fishes
- Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
- Egg Type
- Pelagic larva
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- Global Endemism
- All species
- East Pacific endemic
- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- Regional Endemism
- Island (s)
- All species
- TEP endemic
- Continent + Island (s)
- Climate Zone
- South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
- 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)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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