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Species: Aplatophis chauliodus, Fang-toothed snake eel, Tusky eel

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head large, fat, forehead concave
eye low
mouth oblique, large, front teeth v exposed
tongue = fleshy lure

Aplatophis chauliodus Böhlke, 1956

Tusky eel, Fang-toothed snake eel

Body stout, not elongate, compressed at rear; head and trunk slightly longer than tail (51-54% of TL); head long and deep behind mouth; snout short, upper head profile concave; eye small, low on head above and a little before middle of mouth; front nostril tubular, rear nostril a tube before and beneath eye; jaws elongate, the lower one projecting; front teeth on both jaws developed as very large fangs extending outside mouth when closed; jaw teeth in two rows, teeth on roof of mouth few, a single series that joins those at front of jaws; tongue developed as a fleshy lure; a short barbel below eye; gill opening vertical, elongate, on side; dorsal fin origin behind pectoral tips; pectoral fins pointed, with narrow base;  tail tip blunt, finless; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Tan, head and upper body with small dark spots and freckles; edges of dorsal and anal fins black.

Reaches 84 cm.

Habitat: Mud bottoms.

Depth range: 1-100 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to French Guiana.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent only
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 84
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 100