Ridgefin eel

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Ridgefin eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Callechelys
Species: C. springeri
Binomial name
Callechelys springeri
(Ginsburg, 1951)
  • Gordiichthys springeri Ginsburg, 1951
  • Cryptopterygium holochroma Ginsburg, 1951

The Ridgefin eel[2] (Callechelys springeri) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[3] It was described by Isaac Ginsburg in 1951, originally under the genus Gordiichthys.[4] It is a marine, tropical eel which is known from the eastern Gulf of Mexico, in the western Atlantic Ocean. It dwells at a depth range of 22 to 36 metres (72 to 118 ft). Males can reach a maximum total length of 80.1 centimetres (31.5 in).[3]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Callechelys springeri at www.fishbase.org.
  2. ^ Common names of Callechelys springeri at www.fishbase.org.
  3. ^ a b Callechelys springeri at www.fishbase.org.
  4. ^ Ginsburg, I., 1951 (30 Sept.) [ref. 1804] The eels of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States and some related species. Texas Journal of Science v. 3 (no. 3): 431-485.