Myrichthys colubrinus   (Boddaert,  1781) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max length: 97.0 cm TL (male/unsexed).

Color: Yellowish white, with 26-32 narrow dark brown rings; rings extending on to dorsal and often to base of anal; some of the rings not meeting ventrally in large specimens; interspaces between rings with one or two brown blotches especially in large specimens.

Head 17.8-19.5, depth of body 51-63, both in total length. Head 7.0-8.5 in trunk. Head and trunk 1.1-1.25 in tail. Eye diameter 12.8-15.4 in head, 2.1-2.5 in snout and 1.8-2.3 in interorbital space. Snout tip to rictus 3.5-4.0 in head; rictus below hind border of eye; snout projecting beyond tip of lower jaw. Anterior nostrils tubular, below tip of snout; posterior nostrils in upper lip, below anterior border of eye. Teeth granular, a few teeth on premaxillary; in 2 series on jaws and vomer. Anal fin ending well before end of dorsal fin; tip of tail projecting as a stiff point. Dorsal fin origin before gill opening just behind nape. Pectoral fin rudimentary.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Muraena colubrina Boddaert, 1781
Myrichthys colubrinus Smith, 1962
Myrichthys (Chlevastes) colubrinus Weber and de Beaufort, 1916
Ophichthys colubrinus Day, 1878
Chlevastes colubrinus (Boddaert, 1781)
(Senior synonym)
Chlevastes elaps Fowler, 1912
(Junior synonym)
Dussumeiria elapsoides (Castelnau, 1875)
(Junior synonym)
Gymnothorax colubrinus (Boddaert, 1781)
(Senior synonym)
Muraena annulata Ahl, 1789
(Junior synonym)
Muraena colubrina Boddaert, 1781
(Senior synonym)
Muraena fasciata Ahl, 1789
(Junior synonym)
Myrichthys colubrinus (Boddaert, 1781)
(Senior synonym)
Ophisurus alternans Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
(Junior synonym)
Ophisurus fasciatus Lacepede, 1802
(Junior synonym)
Myrichthys colubrina (Boddaert, 1781)
Myrichtys colubrinus (Boddaert, 1781)

Common Name (s)
• Ringed Snake Eel (English)
• Banded Snake Eel (English)
• Harlequin Snake Eel (English)
• Galikendiveng (Mahl)
• Pambumalanhi (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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