Preeti Desai of the National Audubon Society came across a dead creature on the beach in Texas City, Texas. She took photos and tweeted: "Okay, biology twitter, what the heck is this?? Found on a beach in Texas City, TX. #wildlifeid."
The consensus is that the fang-toothed, snake-like, eel-like creature is a fangtooth snake-eel.
Biologist Dr. Kenneth Tighe of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History was able to answer Desai's question after the request was passed along to him. Tighe believed the creature to be an Aplatophis chauliodus, which is also known as a fangtooth snake-eel or tusky eel. The toothy creature's scientific name translates to "terrible serpent."
"It might be [a] Bathyuroconger vicinus or Xenomystax congroides," Tighe told EarthTouch News on Thursday. "All three of these species occur off Texas and have large fang-like teeth. Too bad you can't clearly see the tip of the tail. That would differentiate between the ophichthid and the congrids."
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