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 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 considerably smaller. More information on this species can be found in Reef and Shore Fishes of the Hawaiian Islands by Dr. John E. Randall.
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