Ophichthus pullus McCosker, 2005
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Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  58.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 106 - 154 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: off Angola and Guinea-Bissau.
Diagnosis:  This moderately elongate species is distinguished by the following characters: head 8.5-8.9%, tail 57-61%, body depth at gill opening 2.8-3.3% of TL; origin of dorsal-fin well behind pectoral-fin tips; rounded pectoral fin, not elongate and well-developed; posterior nostril a hole above the upper lip, covered by a flap that extends to or below the edge of the mouth; upper lip with no barbels between anterior and posterior nostrils; small pores conspicuous, SO 1 + 4, IO 4 + 2, POM 6 + 2; small and conical teeth, biserial on anterior vomer and jaws; uniform gray-brown to nearly black in color; total vertebrae 149-153, mean vertebral formula 20.3-56.3-151.3 (Ref. 86730).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 14 July 2014 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 12.04.11

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