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Ophichthus ophis


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lexID:
4630 
AphiaID:
126315 
Scientific:
Ophichthus ophis 
German:
Gefleckter Karibik-Schlangenaal 
English:
Spotted Snake Eel 
Category:
Ål 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Anguilliformes (Order) > Ophichthidae (Family) > Ophichthus (Genus) > ophis (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Linnaeus, ), 1758 
Occurrence:
Venezuela, French Guiana, the Canary Islands, Puerto Rico, Togo, the Ivory Coast, Congo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Costa Rica, Ghana, São Tomé e Principé, Jamaica, Cuba, Panama, Suriname, Haiti, Columbia, Senegal, Angola, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Brasilien, Dominikanske republik, Florida, Honduras, Kap Verde, Mexiko (Øst Pacific), Middelhavet, Nicaragua, USA, Vestafrika 
Size:
100 cm - 210 cm 
Temperature:
°C - 28°C 
Food:
Blæksprutte, Kalamaris, Koralfisk, Små fisk 
Difficulty:
Not suitable for home aquaria! 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Has a poison harmful to health 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
:
  • Ophichthus alleni
  • Ophichthus aniptocheilos
  • Ophichthus apachus
  • Ophichthus aphotistos
  • Ophichthus apicalis
  • Ophichthus arneutes
  • Ophichthus asakusae
  • Ophichthus brachynotopterus
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2012-09-13 20:25:03 

Toxicity

This is a general hint!
Ophichthus ophis has a harmful toxin.
As a rule, animals with a harmful poison do not pose any danger in normal Aquarieaner everyday life. Read the following husbandry information and comments from aquarists who already keep Ophichthus ophis in their aquarium to get a better picture about the possible danger. However, please be careful when using Ophichthus ophis. Every human reacts differently to poisons.
If you suspect that you have come into contact with the poison, please contact your doctor or the poison emergency call.
The phone number of the poison emergency call can be found here:
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Overview Worldwide: eapcct.org

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Husbandry

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Distribution
Western Atlantic: Bermuda and southern Florida, USA to Brazil.
Lesser Antilles.
Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Angola. Mediterranean.

Biology
Lives in a permanent burrow, often in very shallow water.
Heads protrude diagonally from the sand. Nocturnal.
Feeds on octopus and fish.
Bold and easily approached. Feared by fishers.

Short description
Body pale, dark band across back of head.

High to very high vulnerability.

Reports of ciguatera poisoning.

Synonymised taxa:
Anguilla serpens Shaw, 1803
Antobrantia ribeiroi Pinto, 1970
Herpetoichthys callisoma Abbott, 1861
Herpetoichthys sulcatus Kaup, 1856
Muraena hauannensis Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Muraena ophis Linnaeus, 1758
Ophichthys ophis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ophisurus guttatus Cuvier, 1816
Ophisurus havanensis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Uranichthys brachycephalus Poey, 1867
Uranichthys havanensis (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Anguilliformes (Order) > Ophichthidae (Family) > Ophichthinae (Subfamily) > Ophichthus (Genus)

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