Black-striped snake eel

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Black-striped snake eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Callechelys
Species: C. catostoma
Binomial name
Callechelys catostoma
(J. G. Schneider & J. R. Forster, 1801)
  • Sphagebranchus catostomus Schneider, 1801
  • Callechelys catostomus (Schneider, 1801)
  • Callechelys melanotaeni Bleeker, 1864
  • Callechelys melanotaenius Bleeker, 1864
  • Leptenchelys pinnaceps Schultz, 1953
  • Callechelys striatus Smith, 1958
  • Callechelys striata Smith, 1958

The Black-striped snake eel (Callechelys catostoma, also known commonly as the Dark band snake eel[2]) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[3] It was described by Johann Gottlob Theaenus Schneider and Johann Reinhold Forster in 1801.[4] It is a tropical, marine eel which is known from the Indo-Pacific, including the Red Sea, East Africa, the Society Islands, the Ryukyu Islands, and Lord Howe Island. It dwells at a depth range of 1-32 metres, and inhabits reefs. It burrows into loose gravel and sand. Males can reach a maximum total length of 85 centimetres.[3]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Callechelys catostoma at
  2. ^ Common names for Callechelys catostoma at
  3. ^ a b Callechelys catostoma at
  4. ^ Bloch, M. E. and J. G. Schneider, 1801 [ref. 471] M. E. Blochii, Systema Ichthyologiae Iconibus cx Ilustratum. Post obitum auctoris opus inchoatum absolvit, correxit, interpolavit Jo. Gottlob Schneider, Saxo. Berolini. Sumtibus Auctoris Impressum et Bibliopolio Sanderiano Commissum. i-lx + 1-584, Pls. 1-110.