The Punctuated snake-eel (Ophichthus remiger, also known as the Common snake eel in Peru) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels). It was described by Achille Valenciennes in 1837, originally under the genus Ophisurus. It is a marine, subtropical eel which is known from the eastern central and southeastern Pacific Ocean, including Nicaragua, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama. It dwells at a depth range of 15 to 277 metres (49 to 909 ft), and inhabits sand and mud sediments. Males can reach a maximum total length of 85 centimetres (33 in), but more commonly reach a TL of 60 centimetres (24 in).
The species epithet "remniger" refers to the type locality, Port Rame, in Chile. The Punctuated snake-eel's diet consists of fish and invertebrates. It is of commercial interest to Ecuadorian and Peruvian fisheries.
- Synonyms of Ophichthus remiger at www.fishbase.org.
- Common names of Ophichthus remiger at www.fishbase.org.
- Ophichthus remiger at www.fishbase.org.
- Valenciennes, A., 1834-42 [ref. 20720] Poissons [plates]. In: A. d'Orbigny. Voyage dans l'Amérique méridionale. Pls. 1-16.
- Ophichthus remiger at the IUCN redlist.
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