IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: finless-eel (English), tieso (Espanol)
Apterichtus equatorialis (Myers & Wade, 1941)

Equatorial finless-eel

Body elongate, cylindrical, pointed at both ends, entirely finless; tip of tail a hard finless point; head and trunk a little shorter than tail;  snout pointed, conical, overhanging, underside flattened and grooved; eye moderately developed; front nostril tubular, rear one a horizontal slit along lip edge or entirely outside mouth before a lip flange; gill openings below, converging forward; teeth pointed, in single rows on jaws.

Pale creamy yellow, with small, irregular brown spots on head and a brown stripe along mid-side.

Size: grows to at least 30 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 15-145 m.

Western Gulf of California to Ecuador, Clipperton and the Galapagos.


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