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Apterichtus anguiformis (Peters, 1877)

Slender finless eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Apterichtus: From the Greek ??????? (apteron), without fins, and ????? (ichtus, more correctly written ichthys; masculine), fish..  More on author: Peters.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 10 - 250 m (Ref. 101270).   Subtropical; 45°N - 20°N, 26°W - 17°E

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Eastern Atlantic: Mediterranean coast of Israel; from Utica Island, southern Tyrrhenian Sea;, from Madeira, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands; possibly from Angola.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 49.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4455)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 150 - 157. This species is distinguished by the following characters: tail 1.8-2.0 in TL; head 14-16 in TL; body depth 59-100 in TL; preopercular pores 3; supratemporal canal with 3 pores; conical teeth, uniserial on jaws and vomer; vomerine teeth 2-4; coloration reddish or brownish, tip of jaws black, belly whitish; sometimes a large number of small darker patches on back and upper side; MVF 73-154, total vertebrae 150-157(n=8). (Ref. 101270).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Burrows in sand or mud on the continental shelf (Ref. 4455).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Distinct pairing (Ref. 205).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : McCosker, John | Collaborators

McCosker, J.E. and Y. Hibino, 2015. A review of the finless snake eels of the genus Apterichtus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with the description of five new species. Zootaxa 3941(1):49-78. (Ref. 101270)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 20 October 2011

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 16.1 - 21, mean 19.3 (based on 52 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00138 (0.00059 - 0.00325), b=2.92 (2.71 - 3.13), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.0   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (30 of 100) .