Myrichthys breviceps (Richardson, 1848)
Sharptail eel
Myrichthys breviceps
photo by Patzner, R.

 Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
 Max. size:  102 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 9 m
 Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Bermuda, southern Florida (USA), Bahamas, and Yucatan (Mexico) to the Antilles (Ref. 26340) and northern South America.
 Diagnosis:  Light brown to grayish brown, darker above, with pale spots (Ref. 26938).
 Biology:  Commonly encountered swimming near the bottom in clear water from harbors to reefs. More common along continent and in grassy areas (Ref. 7251). Found in shallow areas to depths of 9 m. Feeds mainly on crabs. (Ref. 26938).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
 Modified by: Pablico, Grace Tolentino - 16.10.01
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 05.08.94

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