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Genus: Gnathophis, Conger Eels

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snout long, overhanging , with ventral keel
rear nostril: hole before mid-eye
D: origin slightly behind pectoral base
D & A rays segmented
tail: ~ 60% TL, tip stiff, small C
jaw teeth in bands, long patch on central roof of mouth
pectoral base extends above top of gill opening



Head pointed; tail much greater than half TL; snout long, overhanging, with ventral keel; eye large, well back on head; mouth ~horizontal; top lip with narrow flange; teeth simple, conical, in bands on both jaws; length of elongate tooth patch at front roof of mouth ~1/3 that of jaw tooth bands; front nostril a tube pointing down and forwards, rear nostril an oval hole immediately before eye, at or above mid-eye level; top of gill opening below top of pectoral fin base; pectorals well developed, base ends above gill opening; dorsal fin origin over rear end of pectoral fin; dorsal and anal fins with segmented rays, confluent with tail fin; tail tip slightly stiff, with small fin; a complete lateral line, 1 or more front lateral line pores elevated.

A circumtropical genus, except for western Indian Ocean and central Pacific, with 25 members; 1 endemic species occurs in our region.