Caecula pterygera   Vahl,  1794 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 20-30 cm.

Color: Olive-grey above, fading to creamish-white below, especially on throat and belly.

Body elongate, more or less cylindrical, little compressed, with a hard tail tip. Head sharply conical; anterior nostril a downwardly facing tube near tip of snout, posterior nostril an inconspicuous slit in upper lip, guarded by a papilla; mouth large, reaching well behind eye; eye very small, inconspicuous; all teeth small, sharp more or less uniserial; gill opening a longitudinal slit beneath throat with an extra fold of skin alongside. Dorsal fin origin over gill opening, but both dorsal and anal fins are very poorly developed. Vertebrae 126 to 130.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Finny snake eel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh and used mainly for bait.)

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Coastal
Prey:  Small, sand-dwelling invertebrates.


• South Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -

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