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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
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.
Tiny eyes on
a rounded head.
Tiny tail fin
long dorsal and anal fins.
cuskeels on Singapore shores
Bythitidae recorded for Singapore
Wee Y.C. and Peter K. L. Ng. 1994. A First Look at Biodiversity