Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Brachysomophis: Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, soma = body + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335); longipinnis: From the Latin longus meaning long and pinna meaning fin.. More on author: McCosker, Randall.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 50 m (Ref. 42180). Temperate, preferred ?
Northwest Pacific: Taiwan Strait, Formosa Bank.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 42.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 42180)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 129. Tail 45% and head 11.5% of TL; dorsal-fin origin well behind pectoral tips; pectoral fin spatulate, moderately elongate; snout short, center of eye in anterior 40% of upper jaw; cirri of labial fringe slender, elongate and unbranched; interorbital space and top of head flat, eyes not elevated; head pores small bust mostly visible; teeth conical; preserved specimen pale ventrally, slightly darker dorsally, fins unpigmented except dorsal with a thin dark margin (Ref. 42180).
Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
McCosker, J.E. and J.E. Randall, 2001. Revision of the snake-eel genus Brachysomophis (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with description of two new species and comments on the species of Mystriophis. Indo-Pac. Fish. (33):1-32. (Ref. 42180)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00148 (0.00060 - 0.00363), b=2.91 (2.70 - 3.12), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 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 (27 of 100) .