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Species: Quassiremus nothochir, Redbanded snake-eel, Redsaddled snake-eel, Smallfish snake-eel

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body - spotted + dark-edged red bars
pectoral < eye

Quassiremus nothochir (Gilbert, 1890)

Redsaddled snake-eel, Redbanded snake-eel, Smallfish snake-eel

Body stout, compressed at rear; tail 44-47% of TL; snout conical, overhanging, with a short groove underneath; front nostril tubular, rear nostril opens into mouth; lips without barbells; teeth pointed, in single rows on jaws and roof of mouth; gill opening a vertical crescent low on side; dorsal fin origin behind gill opening; pectoral fin minute (< eye diameter), its narrow base opposite the top ½ of the gill opening; tail tip a blunt, finless point; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Ground color cream to tan; head with close- set black spots; about 15 large black-edged, red/orange, saddle-like markings on body, with large and small black spots in the spaces between.

Size: reaches about 70 cm.

Habitat: rubble and rocky bottoms.

Depth: 1-80 m.

The Gulf of California to Panama.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Rocks
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • 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
  • 70
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 80