Animal Species:Purplebanded Snake Eel, Ophichthus bonaparti (Kaup, 1856)

The Purplebanded Snake Eel is a shy fish that can be recognised by its characterisitc pattern of orange and brown marbling and spots.

Purplebanded Snake Eel at Buton Island

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Purplebanded Snake Eel, Brownsaddled Snake Eel

Identification

The Purplebanded Snake Eel can be recognised by the pattern of orange and brown marbling and spots on the head and 18 to 27 brown saddles across the body.

Size range

The species grows to 112 cm in length.

Distribution

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Ophichthus bonaparti

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Purplebanded Snake Eel specimens in the Australian Museums.

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Habitat

The Purplebanded Snake Eel lives in burrows in soft inshore seabeds. It is sometimes seen by divers during the day, but will disappear down its burrow if approached too quickly.

Classification

Species:
bonaparti
Genus:
Ophichthus
Family:
Ophichthidae
Order:
Anguilliformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Anon, 1999. Coral Realm Species Profiles [online] http://www.coralrealm.com/sample4.html
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  3. Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno & T. Yoshino. 1984. The Fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Tokai University Press. Vols 1-3. Pp. 456. Pls. 1-378.
  4. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Purplebanded Snake Eel, Ophichthus bonaparti, Ophichthidae, eel, complex pattern, orange, brown, dots/spots, > 1m, inshore water, shy, marine,