Galapagos Species Database

The Galapagos Species Database shares the information about the species from our Natural History Collections.

Quassiremus evionthas (Jordan & Bollman, 1890)

Anguila de Galápagos, anguila de aleta chica, Smallfin snake eel, Galápagos snake eel

Adult of Quassiremus evionthas, Mosquera. Photo: Sofia Green, CDF.
Adult of Quassiremus evionthas, Mosquera. Photo: Sofia Green, CDF.

Size: 20-37 cm, White, occasionally with some grayish tinting. Golden eye with dark pupil. Tubular nostrils and small pectoral fins.

Habitat: Sand flats and rocky areas mixed with boulders, gravel rubble and sand.

Taxonomy

Domain
Eukaryota

Kingdom
Animalia

Phylum
Chordata

Class
Teleostei

Order
Anguilliformes

Suborder
Congroidei

Family
Ophichthidae

Genus
Quassiremus

Species
evionthas

Taxon category: Accepted

Syn.: Opichthus evionthas Jordan & Bollman, 1890, fide Appeltans et al. (2010); McCosker & Rosenblatt (2010) consider Leptocephalus alternatus Fowler 1938: 21 (from Tagus Cove, with 152 myomeres) to be a junior synonym of Quassiremus evionthas, which has 149-153 vertebrae.

Taxon origin: Native

Status

Least concern

Distribution

Map of specimen collection localities or observation records for this species in our collections database.

Distribution: Cocos and Galapagos Islands

References

  • Grove, J.S. Lavenberg, R.J. (1997) The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands. Stanford University Press, Stanford California. 862 pp.
  • Humann, P. Deloach, N. (2003) Reef Fish Identification - Galapagos. New World Publication, Inc. Florida USA & Libri Mundi, Quito, Ecuador, 226 pp.
  • Appeltans, W. Bouchet, P., Boxshall, G.A., Fauchald, K., Gordon, D.P., Hoeksema, B.W., Poore, G.C.B., van Soest, R.W.M., Stöhr, S., Walter, T.C., Costello, M.J. (eds.) (2010) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Available online at http://www.marinespecies.org.
  • IUCN (2010) IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 April 2010.
  • McCosker, J.E. Rosenblatt, R.H. (2010) The fishes of the Galápagos Archipelago: an update. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sc., Ser. 4, vol. 61, Suppl. II, no. 11: 167-195.
  • Edgar, G.J. Fariña, J.M., Calvopiña, M., Martínez, C. & Banks, S. (2002) Comunidades submareales rocosas II: Peces y macroinvertebrados móviles. In: Danulat, E. & Edgar, G.J. (eds.) (2002): Reserva Marina de Galápagos. Línea Base de la Biodiversidad. Fundación Charles Darwin/Servicio Parque Nacional Galápagos, Santa Cruz, Galápagos, Ecuador, p. 68-97.
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2023) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2023-1. Https://www.iucnredlist.org.
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"Galapagos Species Database, Quassiremus evionthas", dataZone. Charles Darwin Foundation, https://datazone.darwinfoundation.org/en/checklist/?species=7632. Accessed 17 June 2024.