Napoleon Snake Eel

Common Name:
Napoleon Snake Eel
Chordata (Chordates)
Ophichthus bonaparti
Average Size:
70 centimetres

The Napoleon Snake Eel is also known as the Purple-Banded Snake Eel (Ophichthus bonaparti). During the day, divers normally only get to see the eel's head, which has a pattern that is often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, hence the scientific name of the species. And divers lucky enough to see the whole eel will see that its body has very different markings to its head, like large bands or blotches.


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