Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Myrophinae
Etymology: Scolecenchelys: Greek, skolex = worm (1855) + Greek, enchlys, -yos = eel (Ref. 45335); robusta: Named for its robust body, i.e., body depth deeper than that of its congeners.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Indian Ocean: Réunion and Mauritius.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 104540)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 130 - 136. This species of the Scolecenchelys gymnota species group is distinguished by the following set of characters: head 12-13 % TL; tail 54-58 % TL; body depth 3.7-4.2 % TL; snout 19-25 % HL; horizontal distance between dorsal-fin origin and a vertical through mid-anus 0.6-36 % HL; blunt snout blunt; rictus of mouth anterior to or just below a vertical through posterior margin of eye; upper-jaw teeth in biserial arrangement, vomer uniserial; predorsal vertebrae 50-53, preanal 49-51, total 130-136; MVF 52-50-132 (Ref. 104540).
Probably a shallow water species (depth of occurrence unknown) (Ref. 104540).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hibino, Y. and S. Kimura, 2015. Revision of the Scolecenchelys gymnota species group with descriptions of two new species (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae: Myrophinae). Ichthyol Res (Ref. 104540)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00076 (0.00029 - 0.00199), b=3.06 (2.84 - 3.28), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .