Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae
(Cusk-eels) > Ophidiinae
Etymology: Lepophidium: Latin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335); wileyi: Named for Edward O. Wiley..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 60 - 402 m (Ref. 91765), usually 200 - 300 m (Ref. 91765). Tropical; 26°N - 10°N, 95°W - 59°W (Ref. 91765)
Western Atlanic Ocean: from the western edge of the Bahamas and Cuba along the Antillean chain to Trinidad and in the southern, eastern, and western Caribbean Sea; a collection is known from the Gulf of Mexico northwest of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91765)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 105 - 117;
Vertebrae: 70 - 75. This species is characterized by the following: fringed snout; average snout length 20.9% in HL; average bony interorbit distance 18.6% in HL; average lateral line length 91.5% in SL; average post orbital head length 20.7% in HL; average preanal distance 36.7% in SL; head and body color tan and without pattern; no white spot on symphyseal region of the snout (Ref. 91765).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R., R.H. Robins and M.E. Brown, 2012. A revision of Lepophidium (Teleoastei, Ophidiidae), with descriptions of eight new species. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 52(1):1-94. (Ref. 91765)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 14.1 - 22, mean 18.4 °C (based on 35 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±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.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100).