Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae
(Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Myrichthys: Greek, myros, -ou = male of morey eel + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335); magnificus: Name means splendid, an adjective.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 1 - 262 m (Ref. 58302), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaiian Islands, Johnston Island, the Leeward Islands, and Midway Atoll.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 78.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26145)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 177 - 183. Body moderately elongate, depth 32-45 in TL; yellow to tan with brown to brownish-black spots, variable in size but about equal to or smaller than eye, the spots becoming more numerous in larger specimens. Pectoral fin length less than its base, about 2 in snout (Ref. 40867).
Common in shallow water and occasionally at the surface over sand and coral (Ref. 40867). Benthic in crevices and on sandy or rocky substrata (Ref. 58302).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E., 1996. Shore fishes of Hawai'i. Natural World Press, Vida, Oregon. 216 p. (Ref. 26145)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 5.5 - 15.2, mean 8.7 °C (based on 7 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00129 (0.00054 - 0.00308), b=2.92 (2.72 - 3.12), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .