Apterichtus anguiformis (Peters, 1877)
Slender finless eel
photo by FAO

 Family:  Ophichthidae (Snake eels), subfamily: Ophichthinae
 Max. size:  49.3 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 10 - 250 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Mediterranean coast of Israel; from Utica Island, southern Tyrrhenian Sea;, from Madeira, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands; possibly from Angola.
 Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 150-157. This species is distinguished by the following characters: tail 1.8-2.0 in TL; head 14-16 in TL; body depth 59-100 in TL; preopercular pores 3; supratemporal canal with 3 pores; conical teeth, uniserial on jaws and vomer; vomerine teeth 2-4; coloration reddish or brownish, tip of jaws black, belly whitish; sometimes a large number of small darker patches on back and upper side; MVF 73-154, total vertebrae 150-157(n=8). (Ref. 101270).
 Biology:  Burrows in sand or mud on the continental shelf (Ref. 4455).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 06.03.94
 Modified by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 07.03.17
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 23.08.94

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