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Genus: Aplatophis, Snake-Eels


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head large, fat, forehead concave
eye low
mouth oblique, large, front teeth v exposed
tongue = fleshy lure

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APLATOPHIS

SNAKE-EELS

Body stout, not elongate, compressed at rear; head and trunk slightly longer than tail (51-54% of TL); snout short, upper profile concave; a short barbel below eye; eye small, low on head above and a little before middle of mouth; front nostril tubular, rear nostril a tube before and beneath eye, may open inside mouth; mouth large, oblique, jaws elongate, the lower one projecting; tongue developed as a fleshy lure; front teeth developed as very large fangs extending outside mouth when closed; jaw teeth in two rows, teeth on roof of mouth few, a single series that joins those at front of jaws, front teeth exposed when mouth is closed; gill opening vertical, elongate, on side; dorsal fin origin behind pectoral tips; tail tip blunt; pectoral fins pointed, with narrow base; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

A neotropical genus with one west Atlantic species and one eastern Pacific species.