Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Anguilliformes > Family: Ophichthidae > Genus: Ophisurus > Species: Ophisurus serpens

Serpent eel - Ophisurus serpens (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Cobra-do-mar Portuguese Fishbase
Culebra de mar Spanish Fishbase
Gjarperi i detit Albanian Fishbase
Ostrokhvostyi Ugor' Russian Fishbase
Serp Maltese Fishbase
Serp il-bahar Maltese Fishbase
Serp il-bahar halqu twil Maltese Fishbase
Serpent eel English Fishbase
Serpente di mare Italian Fishbase
Serpenton à nez long French Fishbase
Tieso trompudo Spanish Fishbase
Zmijak piaskowy Polish Fishbase
Zobata jegulja Slovenian Fishbase
Synonym Author
Muraena serpens Linnaeus, 1758
Sphagebranchus serpens (Linnaeus, 1758)
Echelus oxyrinchus Rafinesque, 1810
Muraena acutirostris Gronow, 1854
Oxystomus serpens (Linnaeus, 1758)
Leptorhynchus capensis Smith, 1840

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF search Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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