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Genus: Apterichtus, Finless Eels

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snout sharp, overhanging
eyes small
no fins
tail tip = hard point
nostrils: front tubular, rear a slit in lip





Body elongate, cylindrical, pointed at both ends, entirely finless; head and trunk a little shorter than tail; snout pointed, conical, overhanging, underside flattened and grooved; eye moderately developed; front nostril tubular, rear one a horizontal slit along top lip edge or entirely outside mouth before a lip flange; gill openings below, converging forward; teeth pointed, in single rows on jaws; tail tip a hard finless point; lateral line complete, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

The genus, which occurs in all tropical seas, has about 13 species. One species currently is recognized as a regional endemic to the eastern Pacific.