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Species: Pisodonophis daspilotus, Blunt-toothed snake-eel, Marble-toothed snake-eel

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yellowish + small dark spots
D & A: yellowish borders
tail tip a hard, finless point
teeth very blunt
pectoral broad based

Pisodonophis daspilotus Gilbert in Jordan & Evermann, 1898

Blunt-toothed snake-eel, Marble-toothed snake-eel

Body long and slender; snout narrow and depressed; teeth blunt, molar-like or granular, multiple rows on jaws and front roof of mouth; front nostril tubular; gill opening on side; tip of tail a hard finless point; dorsal and anal fins well developed; dorsal fin origin over gill opening; pectoral fin broad based, small.

Pale yellowish with small brown spots; dorsal and anal fins with yellowish margins.

Size: maximum size to 68 cm.

Habitat: muddy bottoms in estuaries.

Depth: 0-10 m.

Mexico to Ecuador.

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  • Brackish
  • Non Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Estuary
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Near threatened
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 68
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10