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Species: Ethadophis akkistikos, Indifferent eel

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very elongate
no groove under overhanging snout
D origin on head, before gill opening
D & A reach near tail tip
no C
teeth between top jaws inconspicuous
front nostril tubular, rear inside mouth
gill openings vertical, wide apart below
no pectorals

Ethadophis akkistikos McCosker & Bohlke, 1984

Indifferent eel

Very elongate (body depth 1.5-2% of TL); head compressed; body cylindrical at front, compressed at rear; tail 38-42% of TL; snout rounded, overhanging, without a median longitudinal groove on underside; front nostril a short tube near tip of snout, rear nostril inside mouth just before eye, in a short tube with a front flap; eye small, over central 1/3 of mouth; teeth small, conical, pointed, in single series on jaws (11-16 above, 12-16 below) and roof of mouth (8-14), central front teeth exposed under overhanging snout, but not conspicuous; gill openings crescent shaped, vertical, low on sides, widely separated under throat; gill pouch expanded; dorsal and anal fins forming ridges below the skin; dorsal fin origin on head, well before gill opening; no pectorals; tip of tail finless, blunt and fleshy; skin smooth, with papillae on front of head and tip of tail; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Pale tan, with a few dark dots above.

Reaches 31.6 cm.

Soft bottoms.

Depth range: 30-60 m.

The Gulf of Mexico to Suriname.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • All species..
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 31.6
Depth Range Min
  • 30
Depth Range Max
  • 60