Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Chlopsidae
Etymology: Boehlkenchelys: Because of Dr. James Böhlke + Greek, enchelys,-yos = eel (Ref. 45335); longidentata: Named for its long, needle-like teeth.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 12 - 65 m (Ref. 58018). Tropical
Indo-West Pacific: Chagos. Islands, Indonesia, Fiji, and Palau.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37816)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 253 - 294;
Vertebrae: 121 - 128. Uniformly olive-brown in life. Body depth 27-31; HL 7.5 - 7.7 (Ref. 37816). Dorsal fin begins above or slightly anterior to the gill opening. Pectoral fin well-developed, rounded, almost twice eye diameter in length. Snout relatively deep. Gape moderate, rictus behind posterior margin of eye. Anterior nostril tubular, slightly behind tip of snout, directed anterolaterally. Posterior nostril a simple elliptical opening in front of middle of eye. Lateral line obsolete except for 2-3 pores in the branchial region (Ref. 40884).
Inhabits seaward reef slopes.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tighe, K.A., 1992. Boehlkenchelys longidentata, a new genus and species of chlopsid eel (Teleostei: Anguilliformes) from the Indo-West Pacific Region. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 105(1):19-22. (Ref. 40884)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.5 - 28.9, mean 27.8 °C (based on 86 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .