Iredale's Worm Eel, Scolecenchelys iredalei (Whitley 1927)

Other Names: Coral Worm Eel

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Bray, D.J. 2023, Scolecenchelys iredalei in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024,

Iredale's Worm Eel, Scolecenchelys iredalei (Whitley 1927)

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Murray Island, Torres Strait, to at least One Tree Island, southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland (precise distribution uncertain). Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific: East Africa to southern Japan, Fiji and Tonga.
Inhabits shallow rocky tide pools and coral reefs to a depth of 60 m.


The species is named in honour of the Australian ornithologist-malacologist Tom Iredale of the Australian Museum, who accompanied Whitley on a collecting trip to Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, type locality.

Species Citation

Muraenichthys iredalei Whitley 1927, Records of the Australian Museum 16(1): 5. Type locality: Michaelmas Cay, Queensland.


Bray, D.J. 2023


Atlas of Living Australia

Iredale's Worm Eel, Scolecenchelys iredalei (Whitley 1927)


Castle, P.H.J. & McCosker, J.E. 1999. A new genus and two new species of Myrophine worm-eels, with comments on Muraenichthys and Scolecenchelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae). Records of the Australian Museum 51(2-3): 113-122. (as a probable synonym of Scolecenchelys australis)

Hibino, Y. & Kimura, S 2015. Revision of the Scolecenchelys gymnota species group with descriptions of two new species (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae: Myrophinae). Ichthyological Research 63(1): 1-22

Munro, I.S.R. 1957. Handbook of Australian Fishes. No. 11. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 16(5): 45-48 (as Muraenichthys iredalei)

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2 (as Muraenichthys iredalei)

Whitley, G.P. 1927. The fishes of Michaelmas Cay, North Queensland. Records of the Australian Museum 16(1): 1-32 fig. 1 pl. 1

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37068021


Depth:0-60 m

Habitat:Soft bottom

Max Size:20 cm TL


Species Maps

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