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Chlopsis apterus
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Chlopsis apterus

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Chlopsis bicollaris
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Chlopsis bicollaris
Chlopsis apterus
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Chlopsis apterus

Chlopsis kazuko
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Chlopsis kazuko
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Main identification features
  • lower jaw shorter
  • dorsal fin origin over gill opening
  • median fins well developed, confluent
  • nostrils: anterior tubular, posterior in upper lip
  • pectorals absent


Elongate, slightly compressed; snout bluntly pointed; front nostril tubular, points downward; rear nostril opens in top lip under eye; mouth moderately large, extends behind eye; jaw teeth small, in 2 rows; 2 series of teeth on front roof of mouth; lateral line pores on head only; gill opening small, oval, lateral; pectoral fins absent; dorsal and anal fins well developed, continuous with tail fin, dorsal origin ~over gill opening.

A tropical to warm temperate genus with about 6 species; occurs on both sides of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the western Indian Ocean, as well as our region, in which there are 3 endemics.

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  • 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.
  • Lavenberg, R. J., 1988., Chlopsid eels of the eastern pacific with a new species and descriptions of larval forms., Bull. Mar. Sci., 42:253-264.
  • Lopez , M. I. and Bussing, W. A., 1982., Lista provisional de los peces marinos de la Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 30(1):5-26.
  • Love, M.S., Mecklenburg, C.W., Mecklenburg, T.A., Thorsteinson, L.K., 2005., es of the West Coast and Alaska: a checklist of North Pacific and Artic Ocena species from Baja California to the Alaska-Yukon border., U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, 288pp.
  • 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.


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