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

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11 species (see list below)

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Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 51 cm TL
Myrichthys aspetocheiros McCosker & Rosenblatt, 1993

Photo by Robertson, R.
Myrichthys aspetocheiros
[Longfin spotted snake-eel]

Photo by Patzner, R.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 102 cm TL
Myrichthys breviceps (Richardson, 1848)

Photo by Patzner, R.
Myrichthys breviceps
[Sharptail eel]

Photo by Honeycutt, K.

Max. Length 97 cm TL
Myrichthys colubrinus (Boddaert, 1781)

Photo by Honeycutt, K.
Myrichthys colubrinus
[Harlequin snake eel]

Photo by Greenfield, J.

Max. Length 100 cm TL
Myrichthys maculosus (Cuvier, 1816)

Photo by Greenfield, J.
Myrichthys maculosus
[Tiger snake eel]

Photo by Stender, K.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 78 cm TL
Myrichthys magnificus (Abbott, 1860)

Photo by Stender, K.
Myrichthys magnificus
[Magnificent snake eel]

Photo by Bertoncini, A.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 110 cm TL
Myrichthys ocellatus (Lesueur, 1825)

Photo by Bertoncini, A.A.
Myrichthys ocellatus
[Goldspotted eel]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Myrichthys paleracio McCosker & Allen, 2012

Photo by Allen, G.R.
Myrichthys paleracio
[Whitenose snake eel]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 49.4 cm TL
Myrichthys pantostigmius Jordan & McGregor, 1898

Photo by Allen, G.R.
Myrichthys pantostigmius
[Clarion snake eel]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 64.8 cm TL
Myrichthys pardalis (Valenciennes, 1839)

Photo by Wirtz, P.
Myrichthys pardalis
[Leopard eel]

Photo by Garcia, S.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 74 cm TL
Myrichthys tigrinus Girard, 1859

Photo by Garcia, S.
Myrichthys tigrinus
[Spotted snake-eel]
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Eastern Central Pacific

Myrichthys xysturus
11 Species of Family Ophichthidae with Genus Myrichthys
(Snake eels)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1993 Myrichthys aspetocheiros Longfin spotted snake-eel Eastern Central Pacific 51 TL
1848 Myrichthys breviceps Sharptail eel Western Atlantic 102 TL
1781 Myrichthys colubrinus Harlequin snake eel Indo-Pacific 97 TL
1816 Myrichthys maculosus Tiger snake eel Indo-Pacific 100 TL
1860 Myrichthys magnificus Magnificent snake eel Eastern Central Pacific 78 TL
1825 Myrichthys ocellatus Goldspotted eel Western Atlantic 110 TL
2012 Myrichthys paleracio Whitenose snake eel Western Pacific 50 TL
1898 Myrichthys pantostigmius Clarion snake eel Eastern Pacific 49.4 TL
1839 Myrichthys pardalis Leopard eel Eastern Atlantic 64.8 TL
1859 Myrichthys tigrinus Spotted snake-eel Eastern Pacific 74 TL
1882 Myrichthys xysturus Eastern Central Pacific

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