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Apterichtus equatorialis
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Apterichtus equatorialis

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Overview
Main identification features
  • snout sharp, overhanging
  • no fins
  • tail tip = hard point
  • nostrils: rear a slit on lip, front tubular
  • pale
APTERICHTUS

FINLESS EELS

Body elongate, cylindrical, pointed at both ends, entirely finless; head and trunk a little shorter than tail; snout pointed, conical, overhanging, underside flattened and grooved; 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.

The genus, which occurs in all tropical seas, has about a dozen species. One species currently is recognized as a regional endemic to the eastern Pacific.


References
  • Allen , G.R. and Robertson, D.R., 1997., An Annotated Checklist of the fishes of Clipperton Atoll, Tropical Eastern Pacific., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 45:813-843.
  • Böhlke, E. B., 1989., Fishes of the Western North Atlantic., Sears Foundation for Marine Research1:655pp.
  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versión 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .  Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservación Internacional.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2., FAO3:1201-1813.
  • Myers , G.S. and Wade, C.B., 1941., Four new genera and ten new species of eels from the Pacific coast of tropical America., Allan Hancock Pacific Expeditions, 9(4):65-111.
  • Robertson , D.R. and Allen, G.A., 1996., Zoogeography of the shorefish fauna of Clipperton Atoll., Coral Reefs, 15:121-131.

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