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Pisodonophis sangjuensis  Ji & Kim, 2011

Korean Snake eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Pisodonophis: Greek, piso, pipisko = to drink + Greek, odous = teeth + Greek, ophis = serpent ;  sangjuensis: Named for its type locality, Sangju.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 5 - 110 m (Ref. 86398).   Temperate

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.1 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 143 - 153. This species is characterized by the following: origin of dorsal-fin above middle of the pectoral fin; rounded pectoral fin, not elongated, 2.6-3.5 times in head length (HL); slightly acute snout, 4.9-6.5 times in HL; upper jaw slightly longer than lower jaw, 3.4-3.7 times in HL; fleshy protrusions present before and behind the posterior nostril; minute and inconspicuous cephalic-sensory pores; supraorbital pores 1+4, infraorbital pores 4+2, preoperculomandibular pores 3+5, supratemporal pores 1+4; conical and pointed teeth in a regular row on both jaws, 2 regular rows anteriorly but 2-3 irregular rows posteriorly on vomer; prevomerine and vomerine teeth slightly separated from each other; mean vertebral formula 14/50/147: 13-14 before dorsal fin, 48-51 before anal fin, 143-153 in total (Ref. 86398).

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Northwest Pacific: South Sea, Korea.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Burrows into sandy, muddy substrate using its hard pointed tail (Ref. 86398).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : McCosker, John | Collaborators

Ji, H.-S. and J.-K. Kim, 2011. A new species of snake eel, Pisodonophis sangjuensis (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from Korea. Zootaxa 2758:57-68. (Ref. 86398)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5020   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00129 (0.00051 - 0.00326), b=2.94 (2.73 - 3.15), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  0.0   ±0.0 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100) .