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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae Snake eels
Subfamily: Ophichthinae
Genus: Ophichthus

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77 species
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Photo by Graham, K.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 76 cm TL
Ophichthus alleni McCosker, 2010

Photo by Graham, K.
 
Ophichthus alleni
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific.
Max. Length 120 cm TL
Ophichthus altipennis (Kaup, 1856)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ophichthus altipennis
[Highfin snake eel]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 14.2 cm TL

 
Ophichthus aniptocheilos
[]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 23.1 cm TL

 
Ophichthus apachus
[Thin snake eel]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 62.8 cm TL

 
Ophichthus aphotistos
[Dark deepwater snake-eel]

Photo by Winterbottom, R.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Ophichthus apicalis (Anonymous [Bennett], 1830)

Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Ophichthus apicalis
[Bluntnose snake-eel]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 30.6 cm TL

 
Ophichthus arneutes
[]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 70 cm TL

 
Ophichthus asakusae
[]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 92.7 cm TL

 
Ophichthus bicolor
[Bicolored snake eel]

Photo by Adams, M.J.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 75 cm TL
Ophichthus bonaparti (Kaup, 1856)

Photo by Adams, M.J.
 
Ophichthus bonaparti
[Napoleon snake eel]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 46.1 cm TL

 
Ophichthus brachynotopterus
[]
No picture found
Southwest Atlantic

 
Ophichthus brasiliensis
[]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific

 
Ophichthus brevicaudatus
[]
No picture found
Western Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 29.2 cm TL

 
Ophichthus brevirostris
[Snubnose snake eel]
No picture found
Western Pacific

 
Ophichthus celebicus
[]

Photo by Yin, Robert

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 115 cm TL
Ophichthus cephalozona Bleeker, 1864

Photo by Yin, Robert
 
Ophichthus cephalozona
[Dark-shouldered snake eel]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 52.2 cm TL

 
Ophichthus congroides
[]

Photo by Love, J.W.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 46.7 cm TL
Ophichthus cruentifer (Goode & Bean, 1896)

Photo by Love, J.W.
 
Ophichthus cruentifer
[Margined snake eel]

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 93.3 cm TL
Ophichthus cylindroideus (Ranzani, 1839)

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Ophichthus cylindroideus
[Dusky snake eel]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 51 cm TL

 
Ophichthus echeloides
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 72 cm TL
Ophichthus erabo (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Ophichthus erabo
[Blotched snake-eel]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 66.9 cm TL

 
Ophichthus exourus
[]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 11.5 cm TL

 
Ophichthus fasciatus
[]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 92 cm TL

 
Ophichthus fowleri
[Fowler's snake eel]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 86 cm TL
Ophichthus frontalis Garman, 1899

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Ophichthus frontalis
[Deathbanded snakeeel]
No picture found
Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 33.7 cm TL

 
Ophichthus genie
[]

Photo by Sazima, I.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 91.4 cm TL
Ophichthus gomesii (Castelnau, 1855)

Photo by Sazima, I.
 
Ophichthus gomesii
[Shrimp eel]
No picture found
Eastern Indian Ocean

 
Ophichthus grandoculis
[]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 53.4 cm TL

 
Ophichthus hirritus
[]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 66.9 cm TL

 
Ophichthus humanni
[]
No picture found
Western Central Atlantic.

 
Ophichthus hyposagmatus
[Faintsaddled snake eel]
No picture found
Off the Gulf of Aden, Som
Max. Length 43.7 cm TL

 
Ophichthus ishiyamorum
[]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 47.3 cm TL

 
Ophichthus kunaloa
[]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 62.8 cm TL

 
Ophichthus lentiginosus
[]
No picture found
Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 23.2 cm TL

 
Ophichthus leonensis
[]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific.

 
Ophichthus limkouensis
[]

Photo by Winterbottom, R.

Western Pacific.

Ophichthus lithinus (Jordan & Richardson, 1908)

Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Ophichthus lithinus
[Evermann's snake eel]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 58.7 cm TL
Ophichthus longipenis McCosker & Rosenblatt, 1998

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Ophichthus longipenis
[Slender snake eel]

Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan

Indo-Pacific.
Max. Length 92 cm TL
Ophichthus macrochir (Bleeker, 1853)

Photo by The Fish Database of Taiwan
 
Ophichthus macrochir
[Bigfin snake eel]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific.

 
Ophichthus macrops
[]
No picture found
Mediterranean Sea

 
Ophichthus maculatus
[]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific

 
Ophichthus manilensis
[]

Photo by SFSA

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 47 cm TL
Ophichthus marginatus (Peters, 1855)

Photo by SFSA
 
Ophichthus marginatus
[Shorthead snake-eel]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 27.4 cm TL

 
Ophichthus mecopterus
[Longarmed snake eel]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 33.2 cm TL

 
Ophichthus megalops
[]

Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Ophichthus melanoporus Kanazawa, 1963

Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
 
Ophichthus melanoporus
[Blackpored eel]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 27 cm TL

 
Ophichthus melope
[]
No picture found
Southwest Atlantic.

 
Ophichthus menezesi
[]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 48.9 cm TL

 
Ophichthus microstictus
[]
No picture found
Western Pacific
Max. Length 42.9 cm TL

 
Ophichthus mystacinus
[]
No picture found
Western Central Atlantic.

 
Ophichthus omorgmus
[Dottedline snake eel]

Photo by Sampaio, C.L.S.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 210 cm TL
Ophichthus ophis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by Sampaio, C.L.S.
 
Ophichthus ophis
[Spotted snake eel]

Photo by Greenfield, J.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 62.5 cm TL
Ophichthus polyophthalmus Bleeker, 1864

Photo by Greenfield, J.
 
Ophichthus polyophthalmus
[Many-eyed snake-eel]
No picture found
Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 58.5 cm TL

 
Ophichthus pullus
[]

Photo by Flescher, D.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 81 cm TL
Ophichthus puncticeps (Kaup, 1859)

Photo by Flescher, D.
 
Ophichthus puncticeps
[Palespotted eel]

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 85 cm TL
Ophichthus remiger (Valenciennes, 1837)

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Ophichthus remiger
[Punctuated snake-eel]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific

 
Ophichthus retrodorsalis
[]
No picture found
Western Atlantic
Max. Length 211 cm TL

 
Ophichthus rex
[King snake eel]
No picture found
Western Pacific.

 
Ophichthus roseus
[]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 79.3 cm TL

 
Ophichthus rotundus
[]

Photo by García Rodríguez, M.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Ophichthus rufus (Rafinesque, 1810)

Photo by García Rodríguez, M.
 
Ophichthus rufus
[Rufus snake-eel]
No picture found
Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 68 cm TL

 
Ophichthus rugifer
[]

Photo by FAO

Indo-Pacific.
Max. Length 95 cm TL
Ophichthus rutidoderma (Bleeker, 1852)

Photo by FAO
 
Ophichthus rutidoderma
[Olive snake eel]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 68 cm TL
Ophichthus serpentinus Seale, 1917

Photo by SFSA
 
Ophichthus serpentinus
[]
No picture found
Northwestern Pacific
Max. Length 62.3 cm TL

 
Ophichthus shaoi
[Long bodied snake eel]
No picture found
Western Pacific.

 
Ophichthus singapurensis
[]

Photo by FAO

Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 107 cm TL
Ophichthus spinicauda (Norman, 1922)

Photo by FAO
 
Ophichthus spinicauda
[Antillean snake eel]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific.

 
Ophichthus stenopterus
[]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific

 
Ophichthus tchangi
[]
No picture found
Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 55.6 cm TL

 
Ophichthus tetratrema
[]
No picture found
Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 44.7 cm TL

 
Ophichthus tomioi
[]

Photo by FAO

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 121.5 cm TL
Ophichthus triserialis (Kaup, 1856)

Photo by FAO
 
Ophichthus triserialis
[Pacific snake eel]

Photo by Shao, K.T.

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Ophichthus tsuchidae Jordan & Snyder, 1901

Photo by Shao, K.T.
 
Ophichthus tsuchidae
[]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Ophichthus unicolor Regan, 1908

Photo by SFSA
 
Ophichthus unicolor
[Plain snake-eel]

Photo by Winterbottom, R.

Indo-Pacific.
Max. Length 61.5 cm TL
Ophichthus urolophus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1846)

Photo by Winterbottom, R.
 
Ophichthus urolophus
[Manetail snake eel]
No picture found
Western Pacific.

 
Ophichthus woosuitingi
[]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 98 cm TL
Ophichthus zophochir Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Ophichthus zophochir
[Yellow snake eel]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Ophichthus alleni Western Pacific 76 TL 2010
Ophichthus altipennis Highfin snake eel Indo-Pacific. 120 TL 1856
Ophichthus aniptocheilos Eastern Central Pacific 14.2 TL 2010
Ophichthus apachus Thin snake eel Eastern Central Pacific 23.1 TL 1998
Ophichthus aphotistos Dark deepwater snake-eel Northwest Pacific 62.8 TL 2000
Ophichthus apicalis Bluntnose snake-eel Indo-Pacific 45 TL 1830
Ophichthus arneutes Southeast Pacific 30.6 TL 1998
Ophichthus asakusae Northwest Pacific 70 TL 1901
Ophichthus bicolor Bicolored snake eel Northwest Pacific 92.7 TL 2015
Ophichthus bonaparti Napoleon snake eel Indo-Pacific 75 TL 1856
Ophichthus brachynotopterus Western Indian Ocean 46.1 TL 1983
Ophichthus brasiliensis Southwest Atlantic 1856
Ophichthus brevicaudatus Northwest Pacific 1981
Ophichthus brevirostris Snubnose snake eel Western Atlantic Ocean 29.2 TL 2007
Ophichthus celebicus Western Pacific 1856
Ophichthus cephalozona Dark-shouldered snake eel Pacific Ocean 115 TL 1864
Ophichthus congroides Eastern Central Pacific 52.2 TL 2010
Ophichthus cruentifer Margined snake eel Western Atlantic 46.7 TL 1896
Ophichthus cylindroideus Dusky snake eel Western Atlantic 93.3 TL 1839
Ophichthus echeloides Western Indian Ocean 51 TL 1928
Ophichthus erabo Blotched snake-eel Indo-Pacific 72 TL 1901
Ophichthus exourus Western Pacific 66.9 TL 1999
Ophichthus fasciatus Northwest Pacific 11.5 TL 1981
Ophichthus fowleri Fowler's snake eel Eastern Central Pacific 92 TL 1903
Ophichthus frontalis Deathbanded snakeeel Eastern Central Pacific 86 TL 1899
Ophichthus genie Indo-Pacific 33.7 TL 1999
Ophichthus gomesii Shrimp eel Western Atlantic 91.4 TL 1855
Ophichthus grandoculis Eastern Indian Ocean 1849
Ophichthus hirritus Western Indian Ocean 53.4 TL 2010
Ophichthus humanni Western Pacific 66.9 TL 2010
Ophichthus hyposagmatus Faintsaddled snake eel Western Central Atlantic. 1984
Ophichthus ishiyamorum Off the Gulf of Aden, Som 43.7 TL 2010
Ophichthus kunaloa Eastern Central Pacific 47.3 TL 1979
Ophichthus lentiginosus Western Central Pacific 62.8 TL 2010
Ophichthus leonensis Eastern Atlantic 23.2 TL 1975
Ophichthus limkouensis Western Central Pacific. 1929
Ophichthus lithinus Evermann's snake eel Western Pacific. 1908
Ophichthus longipenis Slender snake eel Eastern Central Pacific 58.7 TL 1998
Ophichthus macrochir Bigfin snake eel Indo-Pacific. 92 TL 1853
Ophichthus macrops Western Central Pacific. 1910
Ophichthus maculatus Mediterranean Sea 1810
Ophichthus manilensis Western Central Pacific 1923
Ophichthus marginatus Shorthead snake-eel Western Indian Ocean 47 TL 1855
Ophichthus mecopterus Longarmed snake eel Eastern Central Pacific 27.4 TL 1998
Ophichthus megalops Northwest Pacific 33.2 TL 1987
Ophichthus melanoporus Blackpored eel Western Atlantic 70 TL 1963
Ophichthus melope Eastern Central Pacific 27 TL 1998
Ophichthus menezesi Southwest Atlantic. 1984
Ophichthus microstictus Western Central Pacific 48.9 TL 2010
Ophichthus mystacinus Western Pacific 42.9 TL 1999
Ophichthus omorgmus Dottedline snake eel Western Central Atlantic. 1984
Ophichthus ophis Spotted snake eel Western Atlantic 210 TL 1758
Ophichthus polyophthalmus Many-eyed snake-eel Indo-Pacific 62.5 TL 1864
Ophichthus pullus Eastern Atlantic 58.5 TL 2005
Ophichthus puncticeps Palespotted eel Western Atlantic 81 TL 1859
Ophichthus remiger Punctuated snake-eel Eastern Pacific 85 TL 1837
Ophichthus retrodorsalis Northwest Pacific 2010
Ophichthus rex King snake eel Western Atlantic 211 TL 1980
Ophichthus roseus Western Pacific. 1917
Ophichthus rotundus Northwest Pacific 79.3 TL 1997
Ophichthus rufus Rufus snake-eel Eastern Atlantic 60 TL 1810
Ophichthus rugifer Eastern Pacific 68 TL 1890
Ophichthus rutidoderma Olive snake eel Indo-Pacific. 95 TL 1852
Ophichthus serpentinus Southeast Atlantic 68 TL 1917
Ophichthus shaoi Long bodied snake eel Northwestern Pacific 62.3 TL 2015
Ophichthus singapurensis Western Pacific. 1865
Ophichthus spinicauda Antillean snake eel Western Central Atlantic 107 TL 1922
Ophichthus stenopterus Western Central Pacific. 1871
Ophichthus tchangi Northwest Pacific 2002
Ophichthus tetratrema Eastern Pacific 55.6 TL 1998
Ophichthus tomioi Indo-Pacific 44.7 TL 2010
Ophichthus triserialis Pacific snake eel Eastern Pacific 121.5 TL 1856
Ophichthus tsuchidae Northwest Pacific 50 TL 1901
Ophichthus unicolor Plain snake-eel Southeast Atlantic 30 TL 1908
Ophichthus urolophus Manetail snake eel Indo-Pacific. 61.5 TL 1846
Ophichthus woosuitingi Western Pacific. 1929
Ophichthus zophochir Yellow snake eel Eastern Pacific 98 TL 1882



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