Australian Museum Journal A new genus and two new species of myrophine worm-eels, with comments on Muraenichthys and Scolecenchelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae)

Shortform:
Castle and McCosker, 1999, Rec. Aust. Mus. 51(2): 113–122
Author(s):
Castle, P. H. J.; McCosker, J. E.
Year published:
1999
Title:
A new genus and two new species of myrophine worm-eels, with comments on Muraenichthys and Scolecenchelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
51
Issue:
2
Start page:
113
End page:
122
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.51.1999.1300
Language:
English
Date published:
20 October 1999
Cover date:
20 October 1999
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
20 October 1999
Available online:
20 October 1999
Reference number:
1300
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (10kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (195kb PDF)

Abstract

Skythrenchelys n.gen. differs from other myrophine ophichthids in the condition of its gill openings (moderately elongate and below lateral midline), dentition (large, conical and uniserial), posterior nostril (entirely outside mouth), and other characters. Skythrenchelys zabra n.sp., the type species, is described from India, the Philippines, Indonesia and northern Australia; S. lentiginosa n.sp. is described from the Red Sea. Scolecenchelys Ogilby, previously a subgenus of Muraenichthys Bleeker, is generically distinct on the basis of differences in dentition (teeth conical and uniserial or biserial vs blunt and multiserial), cephalic pores (2 pores between anterior and posterior nostrils vs 1 pore), and its posterior nostril condition (within vs outside mouth). Valid species of Muraenichthys and Scolecenchelys and their synonyms are identified.

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