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Genus: Quassiremus, Snake-Eels

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snout: conical, overhanging, grooved underneath
D origin behind gill opening
tail < 1/2 TL, tip hard, blunt, no C
jaws: teeth pointed, 1 row
pectoral: base narrow, fin tiny



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, western Pacific and including our region. It contains 4 species; two are endemic to the eastern Pacific.