Skythrenchelys zabra 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Anguilliformes Ophichthidae

Scientific Name: Skythrenchelys zabra Castle & McCosker, 1999
Common Name(s):
English Angry Worm Eel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): McCosker, J.E.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P. & Smith, J. and Livingston, F.
Skythrenchelys zabra has been assessed as Least Concern due to its large distribution in the Indo-Pacific. Skythrenchelys zabra is found in a variety of habitats, including turbid estuaries and deeper water, suggesting that it has more generalist habitat preferences and is unlikely to be impacted upon by any major threat processes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Skythrenchelys zabra is an Indo-West Pacific snake eel, known from India, the Straits of Malacca, the Philippines, Indonesia and northern Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia); India; Indonesia; Philippines
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):180
Upper depth limit (metres):1
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for Skythrenchelys zabra.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Most specimens of Skythrenchelys zabra have been collected from shallow turbid estuaries, although some individuals have been found in deeper water over soft substrates (Castle and McCosker 1999). This species is found to a depth of 180 m.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that Skythrenchelys zabra is being impacted by any major threats. There is no directed fishery for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place, or needed, for Skythrenchelys zabra. In some regions its distribution coincides with protected areas, including the Cartier Island Marine Reserve.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Citation: McCosker, J.E. 2010. Skythrenchelys zabra (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154683A115221546. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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