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Genus: Quassiremus, Snake-Eels


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snout: cónical, overhanging, groove underneath
D origin behind pectoral
body -large spots
tail slightly < 1/2 TL, tip blunt, no C
jaw teeth pointed, 1 row
pectoral tiny, base narrow

QUASSIREMUS

SNAKE-EELS

Body stout, compressed at rear; tail 44-47% of TL; snout conical, overhanging, with a short groove underneath; front nostril tubular, rear nostril opens into mouth; lips without barbells; teeth pointed, in single rows on jaws and roof of mouth; gill opening a vertical crescent low on side; dorsal fin origin behind gill opening; pectoral fin minute (< eye diameter), its narrow base opposite the top ½ of the gill opening; tail tip a blunt, finless point; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

A tropical genus that occurs on both side of the Atlantic, and the west and eastern Pacific, with 4 species. One west Atlantic species occurs in the Greater Caribbean.