Pauline Fiene

Apterichtus flavicaudus (Snyder, 1904)

    Also called the Orange Snake Eel, this rarely-seen fish occurs from 3 to at least 240 ft. in sand. It is yellowish, orangeish, or tan with pale patches, emerges at night, presumably to hunt, and is sometimes attracted to night lights. To 20 in. Indo-Pacific. Photo: Pauline Fiene. Molokini, Maui, 80 ft. A similar pointy-nosed species, the Pencil Snake Eel (A. klazingai), is spotted and attains about half the size.
    Below is a photo of a pale individual from a sand patch off Puako, on the Big Island. Also, a great photo taken by Susan O'Shaugnessy of a Panther Flounder eating what we believe to be a Yellowtail Snake Eel, taken on Maui.

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