Fringelip snake-eel

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Fringelip snake-eel
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Cirrhimuraena
Species: C. playfairii
Binomial name
Cirrhimuraena playfairii
(Günther, 1870)
  • Ophichthys playfairii Günther, 1870
  • Jenkinsiella playfairi (Günther, 1870)
  • Jenkinsiella playfairii (Günther, 1870)
  • Ophichthys arenicola Klunzinger, 1871
  • Microdonophis macgregori Jenkins, 1903

The fringelip snake-eel[2] (Cirrhimuraena playfairii) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[3] It was described by Albert Günther in 1870.[4] It is a marine, tropical eel which is known from the Indo-Pacific, including Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kosi Bay, South Africa, and the Hawaiian Islands. Its lifestyle is mostly benthic but it sometimes swims at the surface. It is olive brown in colour, with lighter colouring in the ventral region. Males can reach a maximum total length of 39 centimetres (15 in).[3]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Cirrhimuraena playfairii at
  2. ^ Common names of Cirrhimuraena playfairii at
  3. ^ a b Cirrhimuraena playfairii at
  4. ^ Günther, A., 1870 (25 June) [ref. 1995] Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum. Catalogue of the Physostomi, containing the families Gymnotidae, Symbranchidae, Muraenidae, Pegasidae, and of the Lophobranchii, Plectognathi, Dipnoi, ...[thru] ... Leptocardii, in the British Museum. v. 8: i-xxv + 1-549.