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Family Ophichthidae Gunther, 1870 – worm eels, snake eels

Family Ophichthidae Gunther, 1870 – worm eels, snake eels

The Family Ophichthidae includes 2 subfamilies with 62 genera [Myrophinae: (Ahlia, Asarcenchelys, Benthenchelys, Glenoglossa, Mixomyrophis, Muraenichthys, Myrophis, Neenchelys, Pseudomyrophis, Pylorobranchus, Schismorhynchus, Schultzidia, Scolecenchelys, Skythrenchelys and Sympenchelys)] and [Ophichthinae: (Allips, Aplatophis, Aprognathodon, Apterichtus, Bascanichthys, Brachysomophis, Caecula, Callechelys, Caralophia, Chauligenion, Cirrhimuraena, Cirricaecula, Dalophis, Echelus, Echiophis, Ethadophis, Evips, Gordiichthys, Hemerorhinus, Herpetoichthys, Hyphalophis, Ichthyapus, Kertomichthys, Lamnostoma, Leiuranus, Leptenchelys, Letharchus, Lethogoleos, Leuropharus, Luthulenchelys, Malvoliophis, Myrichthys, Mystriophis, Ophichthus, Ophisurus, Paraletharchus, Phaenomonas, Phyllophichthus, Pisodonophis, Quassiremus, Rhinophichthus, Scytalichthys, Stictorhinus, Suculentophichthus, Xestochilus, Xyrias and Yirrkala)]

There are 2 subfamilies, 62 genera and 338 species currently recognized: [Myrophinae: Ahlia (1), Asarcenchelys (1), Benthenchelys (3), Glenoglossa (1), Mixomyrophis (2), Muraenichthys (8), Myrophis (7), Neenchelys (12), Pseudomyrophis (5), Pylorobranchus (2), Schismorhynchus (1), Schultzidia (2), Scolecenchelys (22), Skythrenchelys (2) and Sympenchelys (1)] and [Ophichthinae: Allips (1), Aplatophis (2), Aprognathodon (1), Apterichtus (20), Bascanichthys (16), Brachysomophis (7), Caecula (1), Callechelys (16), Caralophia (1), Chauligenion (1), Cirrhimuraena (10), Cirricaecula (2), Dalophis (5), Echelus (4), Echiophis (3), Ethadophis (3), Evips (1), Gordiichthys (5), Hemerorhinus (2), Herpetoichthys (2), Hyphalophis (1), Ichthyapus (8), Kertomichthys (1), Lamnostoma (5), Leiuranus (2), Leptenchelys (1), Letharchus (3), Lethogoleos (1), Leuropharus (1), Luthulenchelys (1), Malvoliophis (1), Myrichthys (11), Mystriophis (2), Ophichthus (81), Ophisurus (2), Paraletharchus (2), Phaenomonas (3), Phyllophichthus (1), Pisodonophis (9), Quassiremus (4), Rhinophichthus (1), Scytalichthys (1), Stictorhinus (1), Suculentophichthus (1), Xestochilus (1), Xyrias (4) and Yirrkala (16)]

Images: the images are sorted according to genus.  I was unable to locate suitable images for the following genera: Benthenchelys, Mixomyrophis, Sympenchelys, Allips, Skythrenchelys, Caecula, Cirricaecula, Evips, Hyphalophis, Kertomichthys, Lethogoleos, Rhinophichthus and Stictorhinus.

GENUS Ahlia

 

 

GENUS Asarcenchelys

 

 

GENUS Glenoglossa

 

 

GENUS Muraenichthys

 

 

GENUS Myrophis

 

 

GENUS Neenchelys

 

 

GENUS Pseudomyrophis

 

 

GENUS Pylorobranchus

 

 

GENUS Schismorhynchus

 

 

GENUS Schultzidia

 

 

GENUS Scolecenchelys

 

 

GENUS Aplatophis

 

 

GENUS Aprognathodon

 

 

GENUS Apterichtus

 

 

GENUS Bascanichthys

 

 

GENUS Brachysomophis

 

 

GENUS Callechelys

 

 

GENUS Caralophia

 

 

GENUS Chauligenion

 

 

GENUS Cirrhimuraena

 

 

GENUS Dalophis

 

 

GENUS Echelus

 

 

GENUS Echiophis

 

 

GENUS Ethadophis

 

 

GENUS Gordiichthys

 

 

GENUS Hemerorhinus

 

 

GENUS Herpetoichthys

 

 

GENUS Ichthyapus

 

 

GENUS Lamnostoma

 

 

GENUS Leiuranus

 

 

GENUS Leptenchelys

 

 

GENUS Letharchus

 

 

GENUS Leuropharus

 

 

GENUS Luthulenchelys

 

 

GENUS Malvoliophis

 

 

GENUS Myrichthys

 

 

GENUS Mystriophis

 

 

GENUS Ophichthus

 

 

GENUS Ophisurus

 

 

GENUS Paraletharchus

 

 

GENUS Phaenomonas

 

 

GENUS Phyllophichthus

 

 

GENUS Pisodonophis

 

 

GENUS Quassiremus

 

 

GENUS Scytalichthys

 

 

GENUS Suculentophichthus

 

 

GENUS Xestochilus

 

 

GENUS Xyrias

 

 

GENUS Yirrkala

 

 

Ophichthidae PDF - Full Classification

 

Family Ophichthidae worm eels, snake eels

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Family Ophichthidae