Stargazer Snake Eel (Brachysomophis cirrocheilos)

Also known as Stargazer Eel


Also known as Stargazer Eel.

Found singly burrowed into the sand tail first so only their head is showing, living symbiotically with the cleaner shrimp Periclimenes magnificus over coastal reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 125cm
Depth - 0-38m
Widespread Indo-West 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. Ref:


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