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.
Standard Common Name
Purplebanded Snake Eel, Brownsaddled Snake Eel
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.
The species grows to 112 cm in length.
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
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.
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Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology