Neenchelys buitendijki Weber & de Beaufort, 1916
Fintail serpent eel
photo by Ho, H.-C.

Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Myrophinae
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 2 - 3 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: India, Indonesia and western Malaysia. Also reported from Pakistan and Vietnam.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished by the following characters: body robust, its depth 19-32 times in TL; head length (HL) 7.8-8.5 in TL; pointed snout; well developed pectoral fin, which is longer than snout, 4.0-4.8 in HL; origin of dorsal fin relatively forward, 0.4-0.5 times HL behind gill opening; predorsal length 5.7-6.0 in TL; large gill opening, its height 6.8-8.5 in HL; teeth conical, slender, uniserial in jaws and vomer; total vertebrae 135-148; MVF 19-50-140; single median temporal and interorbital pores; supraorbital pores 1 + 4; infraorbital pores 5 + 1 (1 or 2 pores between anterior and posterior nostrils); mandibular pores 7; preopercular pores 2; supratemporal pores 3; cephalic lateral line pores 13 or 14; predorsal pores 20-22; preanal pores 51-54; when preserved specimens are pale brown dorsally and paler ventrally, with black posterior portions of dorsal and anal fins (Ref. 96531).
Biology:  A small, burrowing eel which is active over soft sediments at night.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 02.08.95
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 03.09.14

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