Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae
(Cusk-eels) > Ophidiinae
Etymology: Lepophidium: Latin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 73 - 209 m (Ref. 91765). Tropical; 10°N - 4°N, 84°W - 77°W (Ref. 91765)
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Pacific Coast of northern Colombia to Costa Rica.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91765)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 108 - 113;
Vertebrae: 71 - 73. This species have the following characteristics: pyloric caeca usually 4-8 in 2 whorls, typically 2-3 in first 2 whorls and 1in third; usually 3 rudimentary gill rakers on the upper arm of the first arch and 5-7 developed rakers on lower arm, 1-6 rudimentary rakers anteriorly on the lower arm; total gill rakers 9-14; dorsal-fin origin between neural spines 3-4; roof of mouth posterior to the palatine and vomerine tooth patches blackish, also the gill bars, upper pharyngeal region, esophagus, caeca, and anterior part of the intestine; pectoral fins dusky; dorsal and anal fins have a dark edge; males have the anterior rib thickened (Ref. 91765).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R., R.H. Robins and M.E. Brown, 2012. A revision of Lepophidium (Teleoastei, Ophidiidae), with descriptions of eight new species. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 52(1):1-94. (Ref. 91765)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .