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Apterichtus equatorialis  (Myers & Wade, 1941)

Equatorial eel
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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..

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

Marine; demersal; depth range 10 - 134 m (Ref. 101270).   Tropical; 29°N - 1°S

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Eastern Pacific: between the Gulf of California and the Galapagos Islands.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 31.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 101270)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species is distinguished by the following characters: tail 1.8-2.0, head 11-16, and body depth 43-50 in total length; preopercular pores 3 and pores in supratemporal canal 3; teeth conical and uniserial on jaws and vomer; vomerine teeth 4-5; body coloration when preserved is uniform light tan, overlain with fine sparse brown speckling, branchial region and top of head with irregular small dark spots and blotches; MVF 59138, 132-146 total vertebrae (Ref. 101270).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits sandy and muddy bottoms, from shallow waters (Ref. 9328); captured by rotenone, dredge and trawl (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. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 9.5 - 17.6, mean 12.9 (based on 39 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00151 (0.00061 - 0.00373), b=2.91 (2.70 - 3.12), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-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 (23 of 100) .