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Deep bodied eel with lateral compression. Large mouth with extremely sharp conical teeth, aided by powerful jaws.
The dorsal fin originates close behind the back of the head, and runs the entire length of the back, where it fuses at the tail with the anal fin, which is about half of the dorsal fins length. Both the pectoral and pelvic fins are absent. The opercular opening (gill slit) is pore-like in appearance.
Colouration is of a redish brown to black, especially on the back with yellow to white mottling and banding on the sides, that becomes less distinct towards the head region.
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