PENCIL SNAKE EEL (This fish was added to the Ultimate Guide in its 2nd printing, Aug. 2009.)
Apterichtus klazingai (Weber, 1913)
    No larger than a pencil point sticking out of the sand, this tiny, sharp-snouted snake eel with spots on the head is an unusual find for eel aficionados and quite difficult to spot. A similar pointy-nosed species, the Yellowtail Snake Eel (A. flavicaudus), is yellowish with pale patches and grows to a larger size. To 10 in. Indo-Pacific. Photo: Ho`okena, Hawai`i. 40 ft.

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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