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A Review of the Snake Eel Genera Gordiichthys and Ethadophis, with Descriptions of New Species and Comments on Related Atlantic Bascanichthyins (Pisces: Ophichthidae)

John E. McCosker and James E. Böhlke
Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Vol. 136 (1984), pp. 32-44
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4064818
Page Count: 13
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A Review of the Snake Eel Genera Gordiichthys and Ethadophis, with Descriptions of New Species and Comments on Related Atlantic Bascanichthyins (Pisces: Ophichthidae)
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Abstract

The Atlantic mud and sand-burrowing snake eels (family Ophichthidae, tribe Bascanichthyini) of the genera Gordiichthys and Ethadophis are reviewed. Three new spcies are described and illustrated. The Atlantic species of Gordiichthys are: G. irretitus Jordan and Davis 1892, from the Gulf of Mexico and Puerto Rico; G. leibyi n. sp., from the east and west coasts of Florida; and G. randalli n. sp., from Puerto Rico. The Atlantic species of Ethadophis are: E. akkistikos n. sp., from the Gulf of Mexico and Surinam; Sphagebranchus foresti Cadenat and Roux 1964, from Cape Verde; and Microrhynchus epinepheli Blache and Bauchot 1972, from Senegal. Osteological descriptions of Gordiichthys and Ethadophis are provided to supplement those of McCosker (1977). Keys to the species of Gordiichthys and Ethadophis and keys to and comments concerning the genera of western Atlantic bascanichthyin genera are included. Bascanichthys longissimus Cadenat and Marchal 1963 is referred to Phaenomonas.

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