First records of a rare snake eel, Leiuranus versicolor (Anguilliformes, Ophichthidae) from Japan

Yusuke HIBINO, Yukiya OGATA, Shunsuke ENDO, Masaaki WADA, Atsunobu MURASE, Noritaka MOCHIOKA

Abstract

Leiuranus versicolor (Richardson, 1848) is recorded based on a specimen from Miyazaki Prefecture, southern Japan. It represents the first Japanese and northernmost record. Leiuranus versicolor is similar to L. semicinctus, its single congener. The former can be easily separated from the latter by its unique banded pattern, usually with a narrow whitish yellow slit (vs. slit absent). The species was also photographed from Kashiwajima, southern part of Kochi Prefecture, southern Japan.

Keywords

Ophichthidae, 16S rRNA, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kochi Prefecture, Underwater photograph.

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