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: Lamnostoma: Greek, lamna, -es = a shark + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal. Tropical, preferred ?
Indo-Pacific: Sri Lanka and the East Indies. Reported from the Marquesas (Ref. 12792).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.5 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 1602)
Morphology | Morphometrics
spines: 0. Body elongate, more or less cylindrical, slightly compressed, with a hard tail tip; sharply conical head; large mouth, reaching well behind eyes; teeth on jaws small, sharp and recurved; vomerine teeth larger; gill-openings strongly oblique, small, beneath the throat with an extra fold of skin alongside; very low dorsal and anal fins; dorsal fin origin about 1/4 head-length behind gill-openings (Ref. 4832). Color in life yellowish dusted with brown; upper surface of head and nape consisting of double row of yellow round spots, vertex with a yellow transverse streak; lateral line pores lighter than surrounding skin (Ref. 4832).
Inhabits estuaries, and probably inshore areas (Ref. 4832).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Talwar, P.K. and A.G. Jhingran, 1991. Inland fishes of India and adjacent countries. vol 1. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam. 541 p. (Ref. 4832)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00148 (0.00060 - 0.00363), b=2.91 (2.70 - 3.12), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±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 to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .