Ophichthys desilvai (Bailey & Gans, 1998)

Sri Lanka lesser swamp eel



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Monopterus desilvai Bailey & Gans, 1998 (protonym)


Conservation Status




Sri Lanka


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Bailey, R. M. and Gans, C. (1998). Two new synbranchid fishes, Monopterus roseni from peninsular India and M. desilvai from Sri Lanka. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 726: 1-18.


Other references:

Britz, Ralph et al. (2020). Ophichthys desilvai, a poorly known synbranchid eel from Sri Lanka (Teleostei: Synbranchidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters 30(1): 1-16. [Abstract]

Goonatilake, W. L. D. P. T. S. de A. (2000). Rediscovery of endemic brown blind swamp-eel, Monopterus desilvai Bailey & Gans, 1998; family: Synbranchidae, after twenty years from Sri Lanka. Loris 22: 42-44.

Goonatilake, Sampath de Alwis. (2012). The Taxonomy and Conservation Status of the Freshwater Fishes in Sri Lanka, pp. 77-87. In: The National Red List 2012 of Sri Lanka: Conservation Status of the Fauna and Flora. Weerakoon, D.K. & S. Wijesundara Eds., Ministry of Environment, Colombo, Sri Lanka. viii + 476 pp.


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