eel from Gulf of Mexico
Posted 20 January 2015 - 10:54 AM
I found this PDF with good keys for eels in the Gulf.
Using the keys this is what I came up with.
1b - Anus posterior to throat; body usually elongate but not ribbon-like; jaws elongate or short but occlusible distally.
2a - Posterior nostril located along edge of lip, usually covered by a small flap or in a short tube, and opening into or out of mouth.
--> Snake Eels (Ophichthidae)
1b - Caudal fin absent; tip of tail stiff.
2a - Pectoral fin present.
3b - Dorsal fin origin usually posterior to gill openings.
5b - Eye approximately centered above jaw.
6b - Dorsal fin origin posterior to tips of pectoral fins.
8a - Snout overhangs lower jaw; body without any distinctive pattern.
--> Shrimp Eel (Ophichthus gomesii)
Does it look like I got it right?
Posted 20 January 2015 - 01:45 PM
Posted 20 January 2015 - 09:34 PM
Silver Perch (Bairdiella chrysoura)
Black Drum (Pogonias cromis)
Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)
Posted 21 January 2015 - 06:52 PM
Good job keying that eel out. I still have yet to effectively employ a key. I'd have gotten to 1b and defaulted to F. uglicuss...
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."
Posted 19 February 2015 - 02:34 AM
It looks like an old man eel. That's not a species (to my knowledge), it's a description. Eyes are kinda weird (third eyelid?) and it doesn't look like it has teeth. Are they recessed somehow?
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