Black-finned Snake Eel (Ophichthus melanochir)

Also known as Snake Eels, Ophichthus altipennis, Black-finned Sand Eel, Highfin Snake Eel.

Description

Also known as Snake Eels, Ophichthus altipennis, Black-finned Sand Eel and Highfin Snake Eel.

Found singly usually buried in the sand near coral reefs, with just the head showing with a few cleaner shrimps crawling over.
They feed on small fish and invertebrates.
Length - 80cm
Depth - 1-25m
Widespread East Indo-Pacific

Snake Eels resemble snakes or worms because they have virtually no fins. Their pointed snouts and tails allow them to burrow beneath the sand.
They can usually be found with just their head showing above the sand waiting for their prey, a few species prowl around the sands at night. Some mimic banded sea snakes and can be found in the open during the day.

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