Genus Apterichtus

Species of the genus Apterichtus lack all fins, lack cirri on the upper lip, and have the posterior nostril opening outside the mouth, usually on the upper lip. The genus occurs worldwide in coastal tropical and subtropical waters.
Finless snake eels usually burrow in sandy substrates in tidepools and depths to 450 m.
Author: Dianne J. Bray

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Dianne J. Bray, Apterichtus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Jul 2019,


McCosker, J. E.  & Hibino, Y.  2015. A review of the finless snake eels of the genus Apterichtus (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae), with the description of five new species. Zootaxa 3941 (no. 1): 49-78.

Smith DG & McCosker JE (1999) Ophichthidae, pp 1662–1669. In: Carpenter KE, Niem VH (eds) FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. The living Marine Resources of the western central Pacific. Batoid Fishes, Chimeras and Bony Fishes Part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae). FAO, Rome.