Magnificent snake eel

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Magnificent snake eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Myrichthys
Species: M. magnificus
Binomial name
Myrichthys magnificus
(Abbott, 1860)
  • Pisoodonophis magnifica Abbott, 1860
  • Ophichthys stypurus Smith & Swain, 1882
  • Ophichthus stypurus Smith & Swain, 1882

The Magnificent snake eel (Myrichthys magnificus, also known as the Hawaiian spotted snake eel[2]) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[3] It was described by Charles Conrad Abbott in 1860, originally under the genus Pisoodonophis.[4] It is a marine, tropical eel which is known from the eastern central Pacific Ocean, including the Hawaiian Islands, the Leeward Islands, Johnston Island, and Midway Atoll. It dwells at a depth range of 1 to 262 metres (3.3 to 859.6 ft), and inhabits crevices, sand and rocks. Males can reach a maximum total length of 78 centimetres (31 in).[3]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Myrichthys magnificus at
  2. ^ Common names of Myrichthys magnificus at
  3. ^ a b Myrichthys magnificus at
  4. ^ Abbott, C. C. 1860 (before 30 Nov.) [ref. 15619] Description of new species of apodal fishes in the museum of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 12: 475-479.