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Dark Throat Worm Eel
Range Japan, in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Anguilliformes
Family Ophichthidae
Genus Scolecenchelys
Species Scolecenchelys fuscogularis

The Dark throat worm eel, (Scolecenchelys fuscogularis), is an eel in the family Ophichthidae (worm/snake eels). It was described by Yusuke Hibino, Yoshiaki Kai, and Seishi Kimura in 2013. It is a marine, temperate water-dwelling eel which is known from Japan, in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. It dwells at a depth range of 90-147 metres. Males can reach a maximum total length of 26.5 centimetres.

The species epithet "fuscogularis" means "dark throat" in Latin, and refers to the dark branchial basket of the eel.