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Species: Bascanichthys scuticaris, Whip eel

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dark above fading to pale below
pale spots above LL pores
pectoral fin width 17-35% gill opening

Bascanichthys scuticaris (Goode & Bean, 1880)

Whip eel

Body very elongate (body depth 1.1-2.9% TL); head and trunk 50-58% of TL; tip of tail finless, hard, blunt; head skin rough; eye small; snout short, blunt, grooved on underside; jaw teeth small, conical, in 1 row on jaws, except partly 2 rows on top jaw, 2 rows on roof of mouth, those between top jaws exposed when mouth is closed; gill opening crescent-like, at lower side; dorsal and anal fins low; dorsal origin before gill opening; front nostril tubular, rear nostril opens in mouth; pectoral fin minute, longer or shorter than wide, fin width 17-35% of gill opening; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Dark above, fading to paler below, a series of small pale spots above each lateral line pore of body, tail and gill area.

Reaches 77 cm.

Sandy bottoms, often on sandy beaches.

Depth range: 1-46 m.

N Carolina to the  Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Beach
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Continental primarily
  • GC endemic
  • Extends North of GC
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 77
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 46