Ophichthus megalops Asano, 1987
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Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
Max. size:  33.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 360 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Kumano-nada, off Owase, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 160-160. This moderately elongate species of Ophichthus, subgenus Coecilophis is distinguished by the following characters: tail 55%, head 11.0% of total length and body depth at gill openings about 4% of TL; origin of dorsal-fin 3.5 pectoral-fin lengths behind head which is more than 1 head length behind gill opening; elongate pectoral fins, non-lanceolate; posterior margin or orbit in advance of rictus; posterior nostril a hole above upper lip is covered by a flap; conspicuous head pores, SO 1+4, IO 4+2, POM 3+6; numerous small, conical teeth, biserial on jaws, uniserial posteriorly on vomer, biserial anteriorly; pale in color, slightly darker dorsally, snout tip and lower jaw darker, fins and anterior nostrils pale, posterior region of anal-fin base black; vertebral formula 29/60/160 (Ref. 84366).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Type locality: Kumano-nada, off Owase, Mie Prefecture, FAKU 19057 (holotype of Ophichthus megalops) (Ref. 84366). Also Ref. 27116.

Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 03.09.99
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 18.06.10

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