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Ophichthus Ahl [J. N.] 1789:5 Masc. Muraena ophis Linnaeus 1758. Type by subsequent designation. Type designated by Bleeker 1864:43 [ref. 4860] with spelling Ophichthys; Ophichthys Swainson 1839 apparently independently described as indicated by Bleeker 1864:43. •Valid as Ophichthus Thunberg 1789 -- (Kottelat 2013:45 [ref. 32989] and see discussion on p. 46 [but Ahl was an eel expert and we doubt if Thunberg wrote this section]). •Valid as Ophichthus Ahl 1789 -- (Blache et al. 1973:247 [ref. 7185], McCosker 1977:79 [ref. 6836], Karrer 1982:73 [ref. 5679], Asano in Masuda et al. 1984:31 [ref. 6441], McCosker & Castle 1986:182 [ref. 5690], Asano 1987 [ref. 6705], Paxton et al. 1989:119 [ref. 12442], McCosker et al. 1989:379 [ref. 13288], Kuang in Pan et al. 1991:61 [ref. 23876] as Ophichthys, McCosker & Rosenblatt 1998:398 [ref. 23645], McCosker 1999:574 [ref. 23699], Castro-Aguirre et al. 1999:100 [ref. 24550], Smith & McCosker 1999:1667 [ref. 24715], McCosker 2003:733 [ref. 26993], McCosker et al. 2006:271 [ref. 29006], Fricke et al. 2009:19 [ref. 30213], McCosker 2010:2 [ref. 30840], Zhang et al. 2010:329 [ref. 31511], McCosker et al. 2012:6 [ref. 31982], McCosker & Ho 2015:71 [ref. 34123], Motomura et al. 2017:33 [ref. 35490], Robertson et al. 2017:34 [ref. 35676], Fricke et al. 2018:45 [ref. 35805], Golani & Fricke 2018:28 [ref. 36273], Mohapatra et al. 2018:251 [ref. 36093], McCosker & Psomadakis 2018:71 [ref. 36333], Hibino et al. 2019:[1] [ref. 36433]). Current status: Valid as Ophichthus Ahl 1789. Ophichthidae: Ophichthinae.