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Callechelys marmorata  (Bleeker, 1854)

Marbled snake eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Callechelys: Greek, kalos, kallos = beautiful + Greek, enchelys, -yos = eel (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 2 - 37 m (Ref. 27478).   Tropical; 16°N - 32°S

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Indo-Pacific: Red Sea (Ref. 33390) and East Africa to the Society Islands, north to Taiwan (Ref. 48448), south to Australia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 87.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1602)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 174 - 183. Yellowish white, speckled and spotted with darker coalescing spots (Ref. 3972).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits shallow areas, beneath loose gravel and sand (Ref. 1602). Encountered only through the use of ichthyocides (Ref. 1602). Usually collected from over sand or sand and rock bottoms using ichthyocides from tide pools depths to 37 m (Ref. 27478). Also seen in lagoons and seaward sand patches, solitary in sand, head usually protruding (Ref 90102).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : McCosker, John | Collaborators

McCosker, J.E., 1998. A revision of the snake-eel genus Callechelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) with the description of two new Indo-Pacific species and a new Callechelyin genus. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 50(7):185-215. (Ref. 27478)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00151 (0.00061 - 0.00373), b=2.91 (2.70 - 3.12), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.9   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100) .