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Mystriophis rostellatus (West coast snake-eel; Snake eel; Eel; African spoon-nose eel)

Synonyms: Ophichthys rostellatus; Ophisurus rostellatus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The African spoon-nose eel (Mystriophis rostellatus, also known commonly as the West coast snake eel or simply Snake eel,) is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels). It was described by John Richardson in 1848. It is a tropical, marine eel which is known from the eastern Atlantic Ocean, including Mauritania and Namibia. It is known to dwell at an approximate depth of 40 metres, and inhabits lagoons and coastal waters. It leads a benthic lifestyle, burrowing into sand and mud. Males can reach a maximum total length of 140 centimetres, but more commonly reach a TL of 80 cm.
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Esox lucius (Jack)[1]
Squalius cephalus (European chub)[1]


Eastern Atlantic: Mauritania (Ref. 4455) south to Walvis Bay, Namibia (Ref. 3972).;



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1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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