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Species: Apterichtus kendalli, Finless eel

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snout tip rounded
eye large, well behind tip lower jaw
LL 61-65 before anus
top head pores 3
teeth: 17-23 upper, 18-27 lower
vomer 5-7 teeth
no fins, tail tip = hard point

Apterichtus kendalli (Gilbert, 1891)

Finless eel

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, more rounded in side view than that of A. ansp; eye relatively large, distinctly behind tip of lower jaw; front nostril tubular, rear one an oval pore on lip edge under eye; gill openings below, converging forward; teeth pointed, in single rows on jaws; 17-23 upper and 18-27 lower jaw teeth;  5-7 teeth on vomer; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head; pores on top of rear of head 3, pores on preoperculum 3; lateral line pores before anus 61-65.

Pale yellow to tan, a little darker above; 2 brown blotches surrounding a pale blotch behind eye, a second pale patch behind that; lateral line visible as a pale stripe.

Reaches 54.2 cm.

Sand bottoms.

Depth range: 6-401 m, usually 30-80 m.

Florida to Venezuela; the S Central Atlantic.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • All species.
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • All species..
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 54.2
Depth Range Min
  • 6
Depth Range Max
  • 401