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Description of a new Snake Eel (Pisces: Ophichthidae: Myrichthys) from the Philippines

John E. McCosker and Gerald R. Allen

aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, pp. 35-40, Volume 18, Issue 1 – 15 January 2012

Abstract
Myrichthys paleracio new species is described from two specimens collected in shallow-water coral reefs from the Verde Passage, southern Luzon Island, Philippines. It differs from all known Myrichthys in its vivid brown-and-white coloration, its body elongation (body depth 43 times in total length) and its mean vertebral formula (3/77.5/183). A key to the species of Myrichthys is provided.

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