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Species: Apterichtus ansp, Academy eel

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snout v sharp
eye small, just behind tip lower jaw
LL before anus 53-58
top head pores 5
teeth: 27-36 upper; 28-35 lower
vomer: 3-4 teeth
no fins, tail tip = hard point

Apterichtus ansp (Bohlke, 1968)

Academy eel

Body elongate, cylindrical, pointed at both ends, entirely finless; head and trunk a little shorter than tail; snout pointed (more so in side view than in A. kendalli), conical, overhanging, underside flattened and grooved; eye small, above tip of lower jaw; front nostril tubular, rear one an oval pore on top lip edge under eye; gill openings below, converging forward; teeth pointed, in single rows on jaws; 27-36 upper and 28-35 lower jaw teeth; 3-4 teeth on vomer;  pores on top of head 5, and on preoperculum 4 (occasionally 3); lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head; lateral line pores before anus 53-58.

Pale flesh color to tan; a fine sprinkling of dark dots on upper head and body; a large pale area down and back from eye and a series of pale areas along lower jaw; lateral line canal visible as a pale stripe.

Reaches 42 cm.

Sandy bottoms.

Depth range: 0-38 m.

N Carolina to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species..
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • Continent
  • Extends South of GC
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 42
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 38