Neha Patil

Surf eel

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Actinopterygii
Family  Ophichthidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Anguilliformes
Genus  Ichthyapus
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The Surf eel (Ichthyapus ophioneus, also known as the Finless snake eel in the United States) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels). It was described by Barton Warren Evermann and Millard Caleb Marsh in 1900, originally under the genus Sphagebranchus. It is a marine, tropical eel which is known from the western and eastern Atlantic Ocean, including Bermuda, the Bahamas, Florida, USA; Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, northern South America, and St. Helena Island. It dwells at a maximum depth of 35 metres (115 ft), most often between 5 to 15 metres (16 to 49 ft), and forms burrows in sand bottoms in surf areas, from which its common name is derived. Males can reach a maximum total length of 45 centimetres (18 in).

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Surf eel Wikipedia


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