Schultzidia retropinnis (Fowler, 1934)
Fringe-lipped worm eel
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 Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Myrophinae
 Max. size:  11.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 48 m
 Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Taratara Island, off western Samar Island, Philippines. Also from Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Solomon Is.
 Diagnosis:  Description: Characterized by bluish grey to brownish color grading to white ventrally; head length 9-10 in TL; tubular and elongate body and tail; greatest body depth 45-54 in TL; origin of dorsal fin 1.0-1.5 head length behind anus; dorsal and anal fins confluent with caudal fin; no pectoral fins; more or less pointed snout projecting beyond lower jaw; anterior tubular nostrils about two-thirds eye diameter; edge of upper lip with small dermal papilla between anterior nostrils; small eye, posterior edge well anterior to corner of mouth; small gill opening below midlateral position; single row of small conical teeth in jaws; vomer without teeth (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Inhabits sand bottoms in vicinity of coral reefs (Ref 90102).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 02.09.99
 Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 14.02.13

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