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Genus: Paraletharchus, Snake-Eels, Sailfin Eels

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

snout short, rounded
D: well developed, orgin on head
tail: < 1/2 TL, tip hard
front nostril tubular
no pectorals
gill opening ventral, close
no A



Body elongate, compressed; head and trunk longer than tail; front nostril tubular, down pointing, under snout; rear nostril a slit in upper lip just before eye; jaw teeth small, pointed and close set and in single rows; gill openings below, converging anteriorly; gill chamber a large inflated pouch; tail tip a hard finless point; dorsal fin high, origin on head; no anal fin; no pectoral fins.

The two members of this genus are endemic to our region.