A shelf-life period for snake eels (Ophichthidae)
In 1981, specimens of Apterichtus kendalli and Herpetoichthys regius were collected but kept on a museum shelf until Luiz and McCosker 2019 finally brought them to the spotlight. A. kendalii had never been reported for Brazil, occurring in the western Atlantic between 30-80 m depth. H. regius is common in the eastern South Atlantic and south-western Atlantic, mostly at depths of 15-170 m.
The importance of Museums stands through times, as sources of biological material remain in display and available for the never-ending work and new insights from the different areas that intercept with biological sciences.
Check the full paper at www.arquipelago.info the latest edition of @arquipelago.lms
©Luiz and McCosker 2019