Vol. 58, 2019
(update: 2019.12.6; 12.18)
A New Species of the Snake Eel
Genus Ophichthus, with
Additional Records from Viet Nam (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae)
Van Vo1,2,*, Yusuke Hibino3, and Hsuan-Ching Ho4
of Oceanography, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST),
2Graduate University of Science and Technology (GUST),
VAST, Vietnam. *Correspondence: E-mail: email@example.com
3Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human
History, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
4National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium,
Pingtung, Taiwan. E-mail: email@example.com
Received 20 August 2019 / Accepted 28 November 2019
Communicated by Hin-Kiu Mok
new species of snake eel, Ophichthus
vietnamensis sp. nov., is described on the basis of two
specimens collected from off Ky Ha, central coast of Viet Nam. The new
species is distinguishable from four similar congeners by having two
preopercular pores, a less elongate body (both depth 20–25 times in TL)
and the following combination of characters: tail length 56% TL; teeth
moderately large and conical, biserial along the entire upper jaw,
biserial anteriorly and uniserial posteriorly on lower jaw, uniserial
on vomer, and total vertebrae 121–130. Five Ophichthus species are also found
in Vietnamese waters, including O.
asakusae, O. erabo, O. lithinus, O. rutidoderma and O. urolophus. Detailed descriptions
are provided for all species.
Key words: Pisces, Taxonomy, Ichthyology,
Snake eel, New species.
Citation: Vo QV, Hibino Y, Ho HC. 2019. A
new species of the snake eel genus Ophichthus,
with additional records from Viet Nam (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae).
Zool Stud 58:43.