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Brachysomophis atlanticus  Blache & Saldanha, 1972

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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);  atlanticus: Named for its location of capture.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal.   Tropical, preferred ?

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Eastern Atlantic: off Senegal and Gulf of Guinea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4455)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 114 - 117. A slender species with tail 48-50% and head 13-15% of TL; dorsal fin arising above gill openings; pectoral fins slender, not elongate, about 6.2-6.5 times in HL; snout short, about 3.6 in jaw; jaws elongate, about 2.6 in head; nostrils in short tubes in upper lip and closely associated; labial fringe present but poorly developed on both jaws; center of eye behind anterior 1/3 of jaw; interorbital space and top of head flat; head pores apparent; free sensory neuromasts not visible on nape; teeth conical, largest in ethmoidal region of intermaxilla, followed by 6 linear vomerine teeth; maxillary teeth biserial, teeth of inner row larger but the row shorter in length; mandibular teeth uniserial and small, largest anteriorly (Ref. 42180).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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

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

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)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5078   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00148 (0.00060 - 0.00365), b=2.90 (2.69 - 3.11), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±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 vulnerability (20 of 100) .