Marbled Snake Eel, Callechelys marmorata (Bleeker 1853)


Other Names: Marbled Snake-eel

A Marbled Snake Eel, Callechelys marmorata, at Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia, August 2011. Source: terence zahner / iNaturalist.org. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A yellowish white snake eel with the body and fins speckled and spotted with darker coalescing spots and blotches.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Callechelys marmorata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Feb 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2891

Marbled Snake Eel, Callechelys marmorata (Bleeker 1853)

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Distribution

Ningaloo Reef and offshore reefs of north Western Australia, Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland; also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean, and the Lord Howe Province in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits sandy, silty and gravel areas, usually with its head poking from the sand.

Features

Vertebrae 174-183. 

Etymology

The specific name is from the Latin marmorata (= marbled) in reference to the pattern of dark spots and large dark blotches on the body and fins.

Species Citation

Dalophis marmorata Bleeker 1853, Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 5: 247. Type locality: Siboga, western Sumatra, Indonesia.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2021

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Marbled Snake Eel, Callechelys marmorata (Bleeker 1853)

References


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Allen, G.R., Hoese, D.F., Paxton, J.R., Randall, J.E., Russell, B.C., Starck, W.A., Talbot, F.H. & Whitley, G.P. 1976. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Lord Howe Island. Records of the Australian Museum 30(15): 365-454 figs 1-2 

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. 

Allen, G.R. & Russell, B.C. 1986. Part VII Fishes. pp. 79-103 in Berry, P.F. (ed.) Faunal Surveys of the Rowley Shoals, Scott Reef and Seringapatam Reef, northwestern Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 25: 1-106 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls. 

Bleeker, P. 1853. Derde bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van Ceram. Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 5: 233-248 See ref at BHL

Bleeker, P. 1853. Bijdrage tot de kennis der Muraenoïden en Symbranchoïden van den Indischen Archipel. Verhandelingen van het Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen 25(5): 1-62. See ref at BHL

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McCosker, J.E. 1977. The osteology, classification, and relationships of the eel family Ophichthidae. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 41(1): 1-123 figs 1-45 

McCosker, J.E. 1998. A revision of the snake-eel genus Callechelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) with description of two new Indo-Pacific species and a new callechelyin genus. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 50(7): 185-215 See ref at BHL

McCosker, J.E. & Castle, P.H.J. 1986. Family No. 42: Ophichthidae. pp. 176-186 in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. 

McCosker, J.E., Hatooka, K., N. Ohnishi, N. & Endo, H. 2011. Redescription and designation of a neotype for Aphthalmichthys kuro Kuroda 1947, and its placement in Callechelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae). Ichthyological Research 58: 272-277 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-011-0238-y

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Smith, D.G. & McCosker, J.E. 1999. Family Ophichthidae. pp. 1662-1699 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37068012

Behaviour:Burrowing

Depth:2-37 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:87 cm TL

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