Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
Africa, Asia. These are eel-like fishes with compressed tail, sometimes confluent with the long dorsal and anal fins. They possess a row of short spines along the back (hence their common name), lack pelvic fins and their snout is modified into a long, fleshy proboscis with tube-like nostrils at the sides (used to probe in the substrate for worms and other animals). They do possess tiny scales despite their naked appearance. Despite their shape and name, they are not related to the true eels (Anguillidae).
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From A Guide to Common Freshwater Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre