E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Cyema atrum G√ľnther, 1878
Bobtail Snipe Eel
Family: Cyematidae
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Source: Distribution of Cyema atrum as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Black in color. Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; common length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed;

Source: FishBase. Saldanha, L. 1990.


Species Biology

Deep-water. Marine; depth range 330 - 5100 m. Meso- and bathypelagic. Found in midwater, usually greater than 610 m. Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and leptocephali. Relatively rare.

Source: FishBase. Saldanha, L. 1990.



Circumglobal in all oceans. Eastern Atlantic: Gibraltar to the Azores and Madeira; South Africa. Eastern Indian Ocean: Australia. Southwest Pacific: New Zealand. Eastern Pacific: Oregon, USA to Panama, and Chile. In BC, collected on deepwater surveys, RBCM specimen (Gillespie, pers. comm. 2011).

Source: FishBase. Saldanha, L. 1990.

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-04-22 8:45:02 AM]
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