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Species: Aprognathodon platyventris, Stripe eel, Striped eel

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head smooth
no groove under snout
D origin on head, + A, - C, - pectoral
pale + 3 dark stripes
few teeth, none between top jaws,
gill openings: converging slits, close together below



Aprognathodon platyventris Bohlke, 1967

Striped eel

Body moderately elongate; tail ~1/3 TL; head laterally compressed; skin of head and underside of snout smooth; snout overhanging, no central groove underneath; front nostril tubular, thick, prominent; rear nostril opens in mouth; top jaw 3-8 teeth, lower jaw 8-18; no teeth at center of top jaws; central roof of mouth with 1 row of 4-7 teeth; gill openings low, angled down and forwards, space between them on underside less that length of opening; no pectoral fins; dorsal and anal fins low, but distinct; dorsal fin begins on head and ends shortly before tail tip; no tail fin; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Pale, with 3 dark stripes: a broad one along midside from end of head to tail tip, a narrow one along outer edge of dorsal fin, a narrow one along each belly ridge, that degrades to a line of spots behind anus.

Reaches 46 cm.

Shallow sand and seagrass beds.

Depth: 0-17 m.

The Bahamas to Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Insular primarily
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 46
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 17