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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anguilliformes
Family: Ophichthidae Snake eels
Subfamily: Ophichthinae
Genus: Ichthyapus

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Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 40 cm TL
Ichthyapus acuticeps (Barnard, 1923)

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Ichthyapus acuticeps
[Sharpnose sand-eel]
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Max. Length 42.7 cm TL

 
Ichthyapus insularis
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Western Atlantic
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Ichthyapus ophioneus (Evermann & Marsh, 1900)

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Ichthyapus ophioneus
[Surf eel]



Eastern Pacific

Ichthyapus platyrhynchus (Gosline, 1951)

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Ichthyapus platyrhynchus
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Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 54 cm TL
Ichthyapus selachops (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

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Ichthyapus selachops
[Smiling snake-eel]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Ichthyapus vulturis (Weber & de Beaufort, 1916)

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Ichthyapus vulturis
[Vulture sand eel]



6 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Ichthyapus acuticeps Sharpnose sand-eel Western Indian Ocean 40 TL 1923
Ichthyapus insularis Southeast Atlantic 42.7 TL 2004
Ichthyapus ophioneus Surf eel Western Atlantic 45 TL 1900
Ichthyapus platyrhynchus Eastern Pacific 1951
Ichthyapus selachops Smiling snake-eel Eastern Pacific 54 TL 1882
Ichthyapus vulturis Vulture sand eel Indo-Pacific 60 TL 1916



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