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Brachysomophis henshawi


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lexID:
3494 
AphiaID:
279126 
Scientific:
Brachysomophis henshawi 
German:
Krokodil-Schlangenaal 
English:
Reptilian Snake Eel 
Category:
Ål 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Anguilliformes (Order) > Ophichthidae (Family) > Brachysomophis (Genus) > henshawi (Species) 
Initial determination:
Jordan & Snyder, 1904 
Occurrence:
the Society Islands, Maumere, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Papua, Moorea, Marquesas Islands, Australien, Bali, Fransk Polynesien, Hawaii, Indo Stillehavet, Indonesien, Japan, Koralhavet, Palau, Papua NeuGuinea , Queensland, Ryukyu øerne, Salomonøerne, Sumatra, Tahiti 
Sea depth:
1 - 35 Meter 
Size:
bis zu 101cm 
Temperature:
25°C - 27°C 
Food:
Koralfisk, Krabber, Rejer, Skaldyr 
Tank:
~ 2000 Liter 
Difficulty:
Only for advanced aquarists 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2018-07-19 21:29:50 

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Brachysomophis henshawi is a relatively large snake eel that can be identified by its large head with red markings. The head is also everything that can usually be seen from this lurking predator in the wild, with its whitish body usually being concealed. It nearly always completely burrowed in sand with only its head protruding, waiting for prey, as can also be seen on the picture provided by Henz Mahler. Only at night it also shows its body, never leaving its burrow in the process.

We do not know if this animal can be kept in aquaria or of it will even survive catching and transport. If it can, it can be deducted from its natural behaviour that an extremely deep sand bed as well as live food are the minimum requirements to keep this animal.

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