Abstract

Skythrenchelys n.gen. differs from other myrophine ophichthids in the condition of its gill openings (moderately elongate and below lateral midline), dentition (large, conical and uniserial), posterior nostril (entirely outside mouth), and other characters. Skythrenchelys zabra n.sp., the type species, is described from India, the Philippines, Indonesia and northern Australia; S. lentiginosa n.sp. is described from the Red Sea. Scolecenchelys Ogilby, previously a subgenus of Muraenichthys Bleeker, is generically distinct on the basis of differences in dentition (teeth conical and uniserial or biserial vs blunt and multiserial), cephalic pores (2 pores between anterior and posterior nostrils vs 1 pore), and its posterior nostril condition (within vs outside mouth). Valid species of Muraenichthys and Scolecenchelys and their synonyms are identified.

 
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Castle and McCosker, 1999, Rec. Aust. Mus. 51(2): 113–122
Author
P. H. J. Castle; J. E. McCosker
Year
1999
Title
A new genus and two new species of myrophine worm-eels, with comments on Muraenichthys and Scolecenchelys (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
51
Issue
2
Start Page
113
End Page
122
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.51.1999.1300
Language
English
Date Published
20 October 1999
Cover Date
20 October 1999
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Digitized
20 October 1999
Available Online
20 October 1999
Reference Number
1300
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