Scolecenchelys profundorum

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Scolecenchelys profundorum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae
Genus: Scolecenchelys
Species: S. profundorum
Binomial name
Scolecenchelys profundorum
(McCosker & Parin, 1995)
  • Muraenichthys profundorum McCosker & Parin, 1995

Scolecenchelys profundorum is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels).[2] It was described by John E. McCosker and Nikolai Vasilyevich Parin in 1995, originally under the genus Muraenichthys.[3] It is a marine, deep water-dwelling eel which is endemic to the Nazca Ridge in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It is known to dwell at a depth of 310 metres (1,020 ft). Males can reach a maximum total length of 33.4 centimetres (13.1 in).[2]

The species epithet "profundorum" means "of the depths" in Latin, and refers to the deep-water habitat of the eel.[2]


  1. ^ Synonyms of Scolecenchelys profundorum at
  2. ^ a b c Scolecenchelys profundorum at
  3. ^ McCosker, J. E. and N. V. Parin, 1995 [ref. 21924] A new species of deepwater worm-eel, Muraenichthys profundorum (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), from the Nazca Ridge. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology v. 42 (no. 3/4): 231-235.