Herpetoichthys fossatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Herpetoichthys fossatus
Species Authority: (Myers & Wade, 1941)
Common Name(s):
English Mustachioed snake eel
Spanish Tieso bigotón
Ophichthus afuerae Hilderbrand, 1946
Pogonophis fossatus Myers and Wade, 1941

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2007-05-22
Assessor(s): McCosker, J., Béarez, P. & and Lea, B.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
This species is only known from four locations in the Eastern Pacific. However, no major threats to this species are known, and there is no current indication of population decline. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a disjunct distribution and is only known from 4 locations: along the southeastern coast of the Gulf of California, northern Peru (Lobos de Afuera Island), the Galapagos Islands, and Cocos Island (McCosker and Rosenblatt, 1995).
Costa Rica; Ecuador; Mexico; Peru
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits sandy substrate in shallow waters to a depth of 40m.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known specific specific conservation measures for this species. However, this species distribution falls within several Marine Protected Areas in the region, including the Cocos Island and Galapagos Islands Marine Protected Areas (WDPA 2006).

Citation: McCosker, J., Béarez, P. & and Lea, B. 2010. Herpetoichthys fossatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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