Myrichthys tigrinusSpotted snake-eel | Spotted Snake Eel | Tiger Snake Eel
Tropical Eastern Pacific
Distinct pattern of large round dark spots on a pale cream body. In habits sand and mud areas adjacent to reefs, searching for prey in crevices and under rocks or buried beneath sediment with only eyes and nostrils showing when inactive. Location distinguishes it from very similar M. maculosus (Ocellate Snake Eel), which is located in the Indo-Pacific region.
Max Size: 74 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 21.8-29.9°C
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: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (3.2% 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: Joe Shields