Echelus pachyrhynchus

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Echelus pachyrhynchus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Echelus
Species: E. pachyrhynchus
Binomial name
Echelus pachyrhynchus
(Vaillant, 1888)
  • Myrus pachyrhynchus Vaillant, 1888

Echelus pachyrhynchus is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[2] It was described by Léon Vaillant in 1888.[3] It is a marine, deep water-dwelling eel which is known from the eastern Atlantic Ocean, including Morocco, Angola, Cape Verde, and Namibia. It dwells at a depth range of 200-500 metres, and inhabits burrows in mud or sand on the continental shelf. Males can reach a maximum total length of 48.5 centimetres.[2]

Echelus pachyrhynchus feeds primarily on bony fish.[4]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Echelus pachyrhynchus at
  2. ^ a b Echelus pachyrhynchus at
  3. ^ Vaillant, L. L., 1888 [ref. 4496] Expéditions scientifiques du "Travailleur" et du "Talisman" pendant les années 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883. Poissons. Paris. 1-406, Pls. 1-28.
  4. ^ Food items reported for Echelus pachyrhynchus at