Henshaw's Snake Eel, Brachysomophis henshawi Jordan & Snyder 1904

Henshaw's Snake Eel, Brachysomophis henshawi, at Apo Island, Philippines, March 2015. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-NonCommercial

A mottled brownish snake eel with a reddish to whitish head, small brown spots scattered on upper sides, and the dorsal fin with a blackish base and a broad white margin.

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Dianne J. Bray, Brachysomophis henshawi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1418

Henshaw's Snake Eel, Brachysomophis henshawi Jordan & Snyder 1904

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from Lizard Island, Queensland and Lihou Reef, in the Coral Sea. Occurs elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits sandy areas near reefs in depths to 25 m.


Dianne J. Bray

Henshaw's Snake Eel, Brachysomophis henshawi Jordan & Snyder 1904


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

Jordan, D.S. & Snyder, J.O. 1904. Notes on the collections of fishes from Oahu Island and Laysan Island, Hawaii, with descriptions of four new species. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 27(1377): 939-948.

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. & Randall, J.E. 2001. Revision of the snake-eel genus Brachysomophis (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with description of two new species and comments on the species of Mystriophis. Indo-Pacific Fishes 33: 1-32.

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CAAB Code:37068044

Depth:1-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated, sandy areas

Max Size:100 cm TL

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