Animal Species:Halfband Snake Eel, Malvoliophis pinguis (Günther, 1872)
The Halfband Snake Eel is a brown-blotched fish that is named after Malvolio from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Standard Common Name
Halfband Snake Eel
The Halfband Snake Eel is whitish with brown blotches on the head and brown bands on the body.
The grows to about 53 cm in length.
The species is endemic to Australia, occurring from the central coast of Queensland to southern New South Wales. It is also recorded from Lord Howe Island.
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.
Distribution by collection data
It is a burrowing species that is found on soft substrates in continental shelf and inshore waters.
- Grant, E.M. 1982. Guide to Fishes. Department of Harbours & Marine. Pp. 896.
- 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, Pp. 1-2178.
- Kuiter, R.H & H. Debelius. 2006. World Atlas of Marine Fishes. IKAN. Pp. 720.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology