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Myrichthys tigrinus Girard, 1859

Spotted snake-eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Myrichthys: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).  More on author: Girard.

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

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 60 m (Ref. 5227).   Tropical; 32°N -

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Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Peru, including the Galapagos Islands.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 74.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5227); common length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55763)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits sandy and muddy bottoms, from shallow waters up to a depth of 25 m. Can be seen at times in daylight searching for prey under rocks and in crevices over rocky bottoms, or buried completely in the sand when inactive (Ref. 6852).

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

McCosker, J.E. and R.H. Rosenblatt, 1995. Ophichthidae. Tiesos, serpentones. p. 1326-1341. In W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) Guia FAO para Identification de Especies para lo Fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. 3 Vols. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9328)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 22 May 2007

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 20.5 - 28.7, mean 25.9 (based on 80 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [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):  3.5   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .