Scuticaria okinawae (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)
Very rarely seen, this eel is plain brown or gray without distinctive markings. Its body tapers little except at the very end, thus the common name. The species is thought to be nocturnal, but almost nothing is known of its habits. Earlier books list it under various names including Scuticaria bennetti and Uropterygius sealei. Cynthia Hankins found this specimen during the day among rocks at South Point, Hawaii, at a depth of about 50 ft. It attains at least 3 ft. and is known from Mauritius, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Japan, and Hawaii. 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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