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Genus: Pseudomyrophis, Worm-Eels

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very elongate
snout broad, swollen, overhanging
D origin ~ mid-trunk
D & A continuous with C
tail: ~ 2/3 TL, flexible, tail fin obvious
rear nostril: slit before eye
pectoral tiny ( < eye)





Body moderately to extremely elongate (body depth 1-2.4% of TL), compressed; tail 61-65% of TL; snout broad, swollen, overhanging, without groove on underside; front nostril tubular, rear one an elongate slit before lower edge of eye; lips without barbells; teeth small, conical, sharp, 2-3 rows on front of roof of mouth, mostly 1 row on jaws; gill opening small, on lower half of side; dorsal fin origin at about mid-trunk; pectoral fin tiny; dorsal and anal fins confluent with tail fin; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

The tropical genus with 6 species occurs only in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific (2 endemic species, 1 undescribed).