American sailfin eel

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American sailfin eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Letharchus
Species: L. velifer
Binomial name
Letharchus velifer
Goode & Bean, 1882

The American sailfin eel (Letharchus velifer, also known as the sailfin eel[1]) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[2] It was described by George Brown Goode and Tarleton Hoffman Bean in 1882.[3] It is a subtropical, marine eel which is known from the western Atlantic Ocean, including the United States (North Carolina and northeastern Florida) and the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. It frequently inhabits scallop grounds. Males can reach a maximum total length of 51 centimetres.[2]


  1. ^ Common names for Letharchus velifer at
  2. ^ a b Letharchus velifer at
  3. ^ Goode, G. B. and T. H. Bean, 1882 (16 Sept. - 11 Nov.) [ref. 1840] Descriptions of twenty-five new species of fish from the southern United States, and three new genera, Letharcus, Ioglossus, and Chriodorus. Proceedings of the United States National Museum v. 5 (no. 297): 412-437.