Scientific Name
Ophichthus aphotistos  
Ophichthus aphotistos暗鰭蛇鰻
by: Cheng-Yi Tsai
Author McCosker & Chen, 2000 Depth 700 - 800M
Chinese 暗鰭蛇鰻 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 蛇鰻科 Economic Fish No 
Family F081 Ophichthidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 暗鰭蛇鰻 
Max Length 58 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 深海黑體蛇鰻、鰻仔、硬骨篡、篡仔、硬骨仔 
Distribution in World Taiwan [Endemic in Taiwan]   Distribution in Taiwan South West 
Habitats Benthos、Coastal  Holotype Locality Tung-Kong [Tongkang] Channel, southwestern Taiwan, 22°22'N, 120°19'E, depth 700-800 meters 
Reference McCosker & Chen (2000) A new species of deepwater snake-eel, Ophichthus aphotistos, with comments on Neenchelys retropinna (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from Taiwan. Ichthyol. Res. 47(4):353-357.  McCosker, J. E. etc. 2000 
Specimen List ASIZP0063657. ASIZP0064287. CAS209192Holotype. USNM00356862Paratype.  
Common Name Dark deepwater snake-eel 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Head moderate; Snout pointed extending over lower jaws, Teeth conical or sharp, all in one row; premaxillary teeth four, in half a circle, vomerinr teeth anterior 5 large, posterior in a row. Dorsal fin origin above midpoint of pectoral fin. Vertebral formula 18-59-161. Total length 25.3-26.9 of body depth, 8.6-10.0 of head length; head length 5.6 of snout length; snout length 1.7 of diameter of eye. Anterior nostril tubule, posterior nostril slit-like, Rictus beyond rear edge of eye. Posterior of Dorsal and Anal elevated. Pectoral fin small; caudal fin absent. Body deep brown, edge of dorsal white, anal white.
habitats Inhabit in sandy bottom of continental slope.  
Distribution Taiwan waters. 
Utility No enough quantity for fishery.