The tropical and subtropical eel family Ophichthidae are the most diverse Anguilliformes fishes which occupy a variety of marine habitats such as reefs, sand and mud substrates. In Taiwan, we can often collect them from the capture of bottom-trawl fishery. In this study, we added two new recorded species Ophichthus machidai and O. obtusus of ophichthid eels collected from Da-xi fish market by comparing their morphological measurements, vertebral counts and head pores with the other six species of the genus Ophichthus: O. apicalis, O. aphotistos, O. asakusae, O. erabo, O. tsuchidae, O. urolophus. We also obtained a unique specimen from Tong-gang fish market and we identified this specimen as Skythrenchelys zabra, it would be the new recorded genus and species in Taiwan as well.
Chiu, Yung-Chieh; Lin, James; and Chen, Hong-Ming
"ONE NEW RECORD GENUS AND THREE NEW RECORD SPECIES OF SNAKE EELS (OPHICHTHIDAE:ANGUILLIFORMES) FROM TAIWAN,"
Journal of Marine Science and Technology: Vol. 21:
7, Article 25.
Available at: https://jmstt.ntou.edu.tw/journal/vol21/iss7/25