Myrichthys maculosus   (Cuvier,  1816) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 50.0-100.0 cm.

Color: Pale yellowish or white with 2 or 3 alternating series of black blotches; the blotches along middle of side largest and varying from 25 to 31, the upper series partly extending on to dorsal fin leaving the edges white, lower series sometimes slightly extending to base of anal fin; large adults with smaller spots on lower sides of head and trunk and a dark spot on pectoral fin which is white.

Head 13.8-15.8, depth of body 33.5-42.8, both in total length. Head 4.6-5.6 in trunk. Head and trunk 1.3-1.6 in tail. Eye diameter 9.8-12.3 in head, 1.8-2.6 in snout and 1.3-2.0 in interorbital space. Cleft of mouth 3.1-3.7 in head, extending slightly behind a vertical from the hind border of eye. Snout projecting beyond tip of lower jaw. Teeth conical or granular, biserial in the jaws and on vomer and a few teeth on premaxillary plate. Anterior nostrils tubular, on the underside of snout just behind tip of upper jaw; posterior nostrils in upper lip below front of eye. Origin of dorsal fin on nape, nearer to eye than to gill opening. Dorsal and anal fin low, ending near tip of tail which projects as a stiff point. Pectoral fin rather short, as long as or slightly longer than diameter of eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Muraena maculosa Cuvier, 1816
(Senior synonym)
Muraena tigrina Ruppell, 1830
(Junior synonym)
Myrichthys aki Tanaka, 1917
(Junior synonym)
Myrichthys rupestris Snyder, 1912
(Junior synonym)
Ophichthus miyamotonis Tanaka, 1913
(Junior synonym)
Ophichthys dromicus Gunther, 1870
(Junior synonym)
Pisoodonophis magnifica (non Abbott, 1861)
Muraena maculosa Cuvier, 1817
Myrichthys maculosus Smith, 1962
Myrichthys (Myrichthys) maculosus Weber and de Beaufort, 1916
Myrichthys maculosus (Cuvier, 1816)
(Senior synonym)
Myrichtys maculosus (Cuvier, 1816)

Common Name (s)
• Ocellated Snake Eel (English)
• Spotted Snake Eel (English)
• Tiger Snake Eel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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