Skythrenchelys zabra  Castle & McCosker, 1999

Angry worm eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Myrophinae
Etymology: Skythrenchelys: Name from Greek 'skythros' for angry or sullen and 'enchelys' for an eel, referring to the facial expression of the included species. Treated as feminine according to Opinion 95 of the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 1970.;  zabra: Named in reference to its ability to ingest very large prey..   More on author: McCosker.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 180 m (Ref. 40863).   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40863)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 217-250; Anal soft rays: 127 - 165; Vertebrae: 112 - 122. Tail 43-46% of TL; dorsal fin arising in mid-trunk; supraorbital pores 1+ 4, infraorbital pores 4 + 1, preoperculomandibular pores 6 + 2 or 3, supratemporal pores 2; uniform tan in color. Remarks: pectorals scarcely visible; caudal fin short.

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Indo-West Pacific: India, Straits of Malacca, Philippines, Indonesia, and northern Australia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Most specimens collected from a shallow turbid estuary.

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

Castle, P.H.J. and J.E. McCosker, 1999. A new genus and two new species of myrophine worm-eels, with comments on Muraenichthys and Scolecenchelys (Anguilliformes: Ophicthidae). Rec. Aust. Mus. 51(2-3):113-122. (Ref. 40863)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

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 = 0.7500   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00076 (0.00028 - 0.00202), b=3.06 (2.83 - 3.29), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.7 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 (16 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.