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Apterichtus dunalailai McCosker & Hibino, 2015

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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Apterichtus: From the Greek ??????? (apteron), without fins, and ????? (ichtus, more correctly written ichthys; masculine), fish.;  dunalailai: Named after the Fijian name for a 'small eel'; noun in apposition.

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

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 291 - 450 m (Ref. 101270).   Tropical

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Western Central Pacific: Vanuatu and Fiji.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 28.9 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 101270)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 160. This elongate species is distinguished by the following characters: tail 1.8-2.0, head 16-17, and body depth 71 in total length; preopercular pores 3 and pores in supratemporal canal 5; teeth are conical, uniserial on jaws and vomer, with 2-3 vomerine teeth; colouration, when preserved body is mostly pale with a fine brown sparse speckling on body and tail; MVF 70-160, total vertebrae 160 (Ref. 101270).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Specimens caught using a benthic dredge. One paratype with the tail missing is assumed to be approximately 33 cm TL by extrapolation (Ref. 101270).

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

McCosker, J.E. and Y. Hibino, 2015. A review of the finless snake eels of the genus Apterichtus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with the description of five new species. Zootaxa 3941(1):49-78. (Ref. 101270)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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FAO(Publication : search) | FishSource |

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this 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 vulnerability (21 of 100) .