Leiuranus versicolorConvict snake eel
White to yellow with dark saddles along body. Some saddles in the middle of the body may have lighter/yellow bars within, and may join on the underside. L. semicinctus (not shown) without light bars within dark saddles, and Myrichthys colubrinus (harlequin snake eel) has black bands which all fully wrap around body.
Max Size: 76 cm
Sea Temperature Range: N/A
Habitat Generalization Index: N/A
Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.
Conservation and Rarity
IUCN Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Common (33.3% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland