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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Ophichthidae
Mangrove snake-eel
awaiting identification
Family Ophichthidae
updated Jan 2020
Where seen? This large snake-like fish is often seen foraging in shallow water in the mangroves at Pasir Ris at night. It was also seen on Chek Jawa seagrass meadows during daylight emerging from a burrow.

Features: About 30cm long. A long tubular body pale with a dark stripe along the length at the top. A pair of small rounded pectoral fins. Head large with small eyes near the tip of the head. It has a pointed tail.

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

Pasir Ris Park, Dec 12

Pasir Ris Park, Dec 12

Mangrove snake-eels on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Chek Jawa, Dec 19
Photo shared by Adrianne Lee on facebook.
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