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Genus: Aprognathodon, Snake-Eels


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head smooth
no groove under snout
D origin on head
A present
tail ~1/3 TL
few teeth, none between top jaws
gill openings low, converging slits, close together below
no pectoral

APROGNATHODON

SNAKE-EELS

Body moderately elongate; tail ~1/3 TL; head laterally compressed; skin of head and underside of snout smooth; snout overhanging, no central groove underneath; front nostril tubular, rear nostril opens in mouth; no teeth at center of top jaws; central roof of mouth with 1 row of teeth; gill openings low, angled down and forwards, space between them on underside less that length of opening; no pectoral fins; dorsal and anal fins low, but distinct; dorsal fin begins on head and ends shortly before tail tip; no tail fin; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

The genus contains a single species endemic to the Greater Caribbean.