Nichols' worm eel

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Nichols' worm eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Scolecenchelys
Species: S. nicholsae
Binomial name
Scolecenchelys nicholsae
(Waite, 1904)
  • Muraenichthys nicholsae Waite, 1904

The Nichols' worm eel[2] (Scolecenchelys nicholsae) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[3] It was described by Edgar Ravenswood Waite in 1904, originally under the genus Muraenichthys.[4]

It is a marine, subtropical eel which is known from Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is known to dwell at a depth of 25 metres (82 ft).[3]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Scolecenchelys nicholsae at
  2. ^ Common names for Scolecenchelys nicholsae at
  3. ^ a b Scolecenchelys nicholsae at
  4. ^ Waite, E. R., 1904 (11 Mar.) [ref. 4561] Additions to the fish fauna of Lord Howe Island, No. 4. Records of the Australian Museum v. 5 (no. 3): 135-186, Pls. 17-24.