Blackfin Snake Eel, Ophichthus altipennis (Kaup 1856)

Other Names: Black-finned Snake-eel, Highfin Snake Eel

Black-finned Snake Eel, Ophichthus altipennis, in Lembeh Strait, Bitung, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A tan to brownish snake eel, darker above in larger eels, with a black margin on the dorsal and anal fins, a prominent pale blotch before the eye and a smaller pale spot on the snout above the anterior nostril, prominent barbels along the lower margin of the upper lip, a barbel beneath the anterior margin of the eye, and another midway between the eye and the base of the anterior nostril. The dorsal fin is relatively tall, and originates just above or slightly in advance of the gill openings.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Ophichthus altipennis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jan 2020,

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CAAB Code:37068030

Depth:10-15 m

Habitat:Sandy bottoms

Max Size:103 cm TL

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