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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Subfamily: Myrophinae
Genus: Neenchelys
Bamber, 1915
Type species
Neenchelys microtretus
Bamber, 1915

Neenchelys is a genus of snake eels native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean.All species of Neenchelys have two rather than three preopercular pores (except for N. parvipectoralis which usually has one), a significant character among many species of ophichthids (McCosker 1977)


There are currently 12 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Hibino, Y., Satapoomin, U. & Kimura, S. (2015). "A new species of Neenchelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae: Myrophinae) from the eastern Indian Ocean" (PDF). Zootaxa,. 4060 (1): 56–61. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Ho, H.-C., McCosker, J.E. & Smith, D.G. (2015). "Renaming of three recently described eels of the genus Neenchelys (Teleostei: Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from the western Pacific" (PDF). Zootaxa,. 4060 (1): 49–51. 
  3. ^ Ho, H.-C. & Loh, K.-H. (2015). "A new species of the worm-eel genus Neenchelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from southern Taiwan" (PDF). Zootaxa,. 4060 (1): 52–55. 
  4. ^ Hibino, Y., Ho, H.-C. & Kimura, S. (2012): A new worm eel Neenchelys mccoskeri (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from Taiwan and Japan. Ichthyological Research, 59 (4): 342-346.
  5. ^ Tashiro, F., Hibino, Y. & Imamura, H. (2015): Description of a new species of the genus Neenchelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae, Myrophinae) from the eastern Indian Ocean, with comments on the availability of three congeners. Ichthyological Research, 63 (1): 53-58.