Fangtooth snake-eel

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Fangtooth snake-eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Aplatophis
Species: A. chauliodus
Binomial name
Aplatophis chauliodus
Böhlke, 1956

The fangtooth snake-eel (Aplatophis chauliodus), also known as the tusky eel in Cuba and the United States,[1] is an eel in the family Ophichthidae.[2] It was described by James Erwin Böhlke in 1956.[3] It is a marine, tropical eel known from the western Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and French Guiana. It dwells at a depth range of 33–91 m (100–300 ft), and dwells in both marine waters and brackish estuaries. It inhabits burrows on a permanent or semipermanent basis, and leaves its eyes and snout exposed. Males can reach a maximum total length of 84 cm (33 in).[2] The fangtooth snake-eel's diet consists of bony fish and crustaceans.[4]

A dead specimen of what was probably a fangtooth snake-eel, or possibly a garden or conger eel, was found washed up on a beach in Texas City, Texas, US following Hurricane Harvey in 2017.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Common names for Aplatophis chauliodus at www.fishbase.org.
  2. ^ a b Aplatophis chauliodus at www.fishbase.org.
  3. ^ Böhlke, James (3 October 1956). "Small Collection of New Eels from Western Puerto Rico". Notulae Naturae. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (289): 1–13. ISBN 978-1-60483-289-1. 
  4. ^ Food items reported for Aplatophis chauliodus at www.fishbase.org.
  5. ^ "Fanged creature found on Texas beach after Hurricane Harvey". BBC News. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.