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Apterichtus caecus  (Linnaeus, 1758)

European finless eel
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Actinopterigi (pesci con pinne raggiate) > Anguilliformes (Eels and morays) > Ophichthidae (Snake eels) > Ophichthinae
Etymology: Apterichtus: From the Greek ??????? (apteron), without fins, and ????? (ichtus, more correctly written ichthys; masculine), fish..

Ambiente / Clima / Range Ecologia

; marino demersale; distribuzione batimetrica 0 - 85 m (Ref. 101270).   Subtropical, preferred ?; 46°N - 4°S, 32°W - 17°E

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Eastern Atlantic: Western and eastern Mediterranean, eastern Atlantic south to Azores, Madeira, and the Canary islands.

Size / Peso / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL maschio/sesso non determinato; (Ref. 3397)

Short description Morfologia | Morfometria

Vertebre: 132 - 139. This species is distinguished by the following characters: tail 1.6-1.7, head 12-15, and body depth 56-83 in total length; preopercular pores 4 and there are 5 pores in supratemporal canal; teeth conical and uniserial on jaws, becoming biserial on vomer of large specimens, vomerine teeth 8-14; when fresh body ochre in color with numerous small dark brown spots, those spots forming a continuous mid-dorsal band, yellowish on ventral surface; the head with dark brown spots over a pale background, a prominent horizontal white patch beneath and behind the orbit; MVF 52-134, total vertebrae 132-139 (n=6) (Ref. 101270).

Biologia     Glossario (es. epibenthic)

Burrows in sand or mud on the continental shelf (Ref. 4455); usually in fine sand (Ref. 101270).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturità | Riproduzione | Deposizione | Uova | Fecundity | Larve

Main reference Upload your references | Bibliografia | Coordinatore : McCosker, John | Collaboratori

McCosker, J.E. and Y. Hibino, 2015. A review of the finless snake eels of the genus Apterichtus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with the description of five new species. Zootaxa 3941(1):49-78. (Ref. 101270)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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