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Yellow cuskeel
Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides

Family Bythitidae
updated Nov 13

Where seen? This odd little eel-like fish is sometimes seen on some of our shores, usually near reefs at night. It was previously listed under Family Brotulidae and thus sometimes still referred to as brotulids.

Features: 4-7cm long. Long flattened body, small eyes on blunt rounded head. It is supposed to have barbels under its head, but this is hard to see this in a live fish in the wild. It has scales on body, cheeks and gill covers. The small tail fin is separated from the long dorsal and anal fins. These fishes are secretive. The eggs of these fishes develop inside the mother and she gives birth to live young (ovoviviparous).

Sometimes mistaken for other eel-like fishes. Here's more on how to tell apart sea snakes, eels and eel-like animals.

Labrador, May 06

Pulau Sekudu, Apr 09

Tiny eyes on a rounded head.

Tiny tail fin separated from
long dorsal and anal fins.

Yellow cuskeels on Singapore shores

Photos of Yellow cuskeels for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Chek Jawa, Jun 14
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.

Family Bythitidae recorded for Singapore
from Wee Y.C. and Peter K. L. Ng. 1994. A First Look at Biodiversity in Singapore.

  Family Bythitidae
  Dinematichthys iluocoeteoides



  • Wee Y.C. and Peter K. L. Ng. 1994. A First Look at Biodiversity in Singapore. National Council on the Environment. 163pp.
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