Ophisurus serpens

Scientific name Ophisurus serpens
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Ophichthidae
Genus Ophisurus
Ophisurus serpens Ophisurus serpens


Ophisurus serpens is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    250 cm
  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    250 cm

How to recognize Ophisurus serpens ?

Ophisurus serpens measures between 100 and 250 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly marron and beige body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Ophisurus serpens is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Migratory species

Ophisurus serpens is a fish dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    13 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    10 - 300 m

Biotope presentation

Ophisurus serpens is most often found at a depth between 10m and 300m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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